It’s Required

Micah 6:8 – He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Requirements are coming from many directions these days. The government is requiring you to stay at home; the supermarket is requiring you to wear a mask when you go shopping; the park service is requiring you to stay six feet away from others and not to congregate in large groups. Schools and universities are requiring digital learning. There are more; they’re coming from everywhere!

God has requirements also. His are not onerous, but in some respects, they could be even more difficult. Yet, if good things are to happen, if doors are to open and the windows of heaven to rain blessings down, there is a path to follow. He asks you to be just and honest in your dealings of life. Proverbs 22:3 says, “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” He wants you to show kindness, and to love it.  Some translations say “mercy” instead of kindness. Either way, Luke 6:36 tells you, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Finally, you are to walk in humbleness with the Lord.  Your best lesson for this is in 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Pray With Us

Almighty Father, I love that old hymn that says “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am his own.” It is my heart’s desire to walk in humbleness with you, O Lord. Some days, I let myself get in the way, not necessarily by being proudful, but by forgetting that kindness and justice are also what you require from me. I’ve sneered at television broadcasts. I’ve thumbed my nose at dictates for staying-at-home. I’ve not submitted like I should to those in authority over me. Help me to walk the life that You desire for me. Bless me as I draw nearer to you. Give me the joy of that old hymn, and I will certainly be sure to praise You. I love You, O God.


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