With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God?

Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?

Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil?

Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgressions, the fruit of my body for my soul?

 

He has shown you, O man, what is good. And What does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:6-8, NIV 

 

It is interesting to hear people say that no one can understand God's Word. They act as if He is  too incompetent to make Himself clear.

 

It is interesting to hear people say that God's way is too hard. They obviously have no basis for comparison, for if they had tried the righteous life, they would have never thought that God's way was more difficult than the penalty-filled way of their own sinful path.

 

It is also interesting to hear that people think that God's way is unloving. When you compare God's way to the way of godless men, it becomes very obvious as to which path love abides.

 

So what does God expect of us, anyway? He expects us to be just in the way we live. He expects us to treat people honestly, to give a fair day's work for a fair day's pay, and to be willing to pay both our just debts as well as our just penalties when we wrong others. God also expects us to love mercy. That does not mean that we just let people get away with being evil, but it does mean that we have the best interests of their eternal souls in mind when we correct them.

 

And God expects us to walk humbly before Him. That means that we not only recognize the fact that He is Master, but we also recognize the fact that He therefore has the right to make the rules. So we walk in humble obedience to His commands all the days of our lives.

 

It's pretty simple, when you think about it! And it is in this simple lifestyle that we have hope!

 

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, 

I wait for God my Savior;

My God will hear me.

Micah 7:7, NIV

 

Today is the 27th day of the 30 day challenge to read through the books of the prophets of God, with Obadiah, Jonah and Micah being the reading for today. May God richly bless you as you seek to walk humbly before He and His Son all the days of your life!