What Does God Expect of Me?
"He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God" (Micah 6:8)
Life is full of "do's" and "don't's" that we wonder sometimes just what is right. If we spent all our time trying to keep out of trouble we wouldn't get very much else done.
Long before Jesus' time Micah gave some good advice:
- "Do justly." This means to be fair at all times. Do not show favoritism to a person just because he has the same color of hair or skin as you do. Do not look down on a person just because he happens to be made differently. Pick your friends for what they are on the inside and not for the way they dress or how much they have.
- "Love mercy." Be kind to everyone, even to those who do not like you. Return good deeds for evil ones. Think about how you can help your enemies instead of how you can hurt them back. Make your words and deeds helpful and not harmful.
- "Walk humbly with thy God." Live your daily life in the belief that God is walking beside you at all times. Because he is. Let the things you do, the words you say, and the thoughts that you allow to stay in your mind be kind words, deeds, and thoughts—things that you know God would approve. To walk humbly with God requires prayerful attitudes and obedience to his way. Let his friendship go to your heart, making you feel humbly grateful for it, and not to your head, making you feel superior to others because you know him.
I thank you, God, for your helpful advice. I am going to fill my thoughts and time with good things.