September 20, 2021 – Micah 6:8
“What do you want from me, God?” Have you ever asked a question like that before, or something similar to it? Whenever I have a big decision to make, or when I have fallen away from my practices of talking, listening, and connecting with God, I often find myself asking that question.
Here, in today’s verse, we receive the answer. In this single sentence, the prophet Micah delivers a brilliant punchline summing up that question which has been asked by people for many generations – we are “to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” A concise statement, but definitely hard to carry out in practice!
In the two verses just before this (Micah 6:7-8), the people are looking for another way out to accomplish what God desires: burnt or animal offerings, thousands of rams, tons of olive oil, even sacrificing firstborn children! But no. God has already shown them and he has also told us what is good, and it’s those three things.
Do what is right: to seek justice; to do the right thing even when (especially when) no one is looking. Even if it is not easy or if it will not bring you personal recognition, still do the right thing.
Love mercy: This is one of my favorite Hebrew words, “hesed,” which carries the meaning of the love and mercy God continually bestows upon the people of Israel – from Abraham to David and beyond, to us today too! This is a reminder that God, who first loved us, is calling us to love others in this way too. Be slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love!
Humbly walk with God: we are not meant to walk this journey alone. Taking time to center ourselves on Christ will free us to serve those around us.
Questions for reflection
- How is your walk God – are you taking meaningful time to spend it with your Creator and Savior?
- How are you showing love, mercy, and kindness to all those around you?
- What is something you’ve done recently that was the right thing do even though it was not the easy thing to do?