Today you should read: Micah 6
I want to give particular focus on two verses that really caught my attention today from Micah 6.
Micah 6:3 (NASB)
My people, what have I done to you,
And how have I wearied you? Answer Me.”
This verse is convicting and haunting because I wonder how many times God has asked the same question to me. “Rich,
what have I done to you, and why do you act as if you are tired of me?” I think of all the great acts of kindness, grace,
and mercy that the Lord has performed toward me, yet I still forget about God at times. Even though He has done so
much for me, just like He had done for the Israelites, I live sometimes as if He is not worth my complete surrender.
There are times where I practically forget that God exists and I go through the day as if I have to “make it all happen.” I
am, unfortunately, much like the Israelites at times.
Though, the verse is convicting, it also gives me a great reminder that God’s grace and mercy is bigger than all my
shortcomings. Because of Christ, I am forgiven of my sin, and I have the opportunity to turn from my sin and be in right
fellowship with God. Henry Blackaby, in his book Fresh Encounter, says, “Repentance is one of the most positive words
in Scripture! It means there is hope for fallen sinners.” I am thankful for God’s grace and mercy.
Micah 6:8 (NASB)
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
In verses 5-7, the Israelites were asking what God wanted from them. Should they perform a bunch of religious rituals
to make God happy? Should they try to buy God’s mercy with a thousand rams and rivers of oil? Should they present
their firstborn children to God for their sins? Well, verse 8 says what God requires: do justice (or act justly), love
kindness, and walk humbly with God?
God didn’t want their religion, money, or good deeds; He wanted their hearts to be fully dedicated to Him. This verse is
powerful to me. One thing I have battled with during the past 12 years of vocational ministry is feeling like my good
works and efforts are what will keep God appeased.
For example, if I have a “good ministry day” (whatever that is), or if I read a certain amount of Scripture per day, or if I
have a productive day, then God will be happy to call me His child. But, God doesn’t desire all of those things from me.
He simply wants me to walk humbly with Him, recognizing that I am weak and He is strong, and it is only through Him
that I can ever do good deeds.
Can you relate?
I know it isn’t true, but, sometimes, I think I am the only one who deals with this stuff. Can you relate to my reflections
on verses 3 and 8? If so, share your thoughts below. Let’s grow together.
Posted by: Rich Duffield