Posted by: missionventureministries | March 12, 2012

WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF HIS PEOPLE? – Micah 6:8

“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?”

Can one walk with God? The Bible teaches we can! Micah was one of many who did. He was a prophet to the people of Judah during a time of great wickedness and social injustice. There were false prophets, cruel leaders, violence and corruption. The priests, who were supposed to represent God in the temple and teach people the Word, were greedy and evil. The poor and widows were being taken advantage of and judges took bribes. Businessmen were dishonest in their business dealings and cheated people. It was very similar to our world today. To bring hope, Micah promises a Divine Deliverer, the Messiah, who would rescue the godly from oppression and establish righteousness in the land.

God wants us to think about our behavior and attitude towards Him. We need God’s help, so how do we do it? With a daily walk with Jesus, that is how.

As we study God’s Word, He helps us to live it. God wants us to recall how He has dealt lovingly with us and rescued and protected us in the past. This should give us a clear picture of His righteousness and His devotion to us.

Verse 6 asks: “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?”

We can’t buy God’s favor, nor can we earn His love through extravagance or material goods. God wants us to be devoted to Him. The Hebrew Scriptures reveal that God expected His chosen people to demonstrate His character by their words and actions to people of all nations. God expected them to be models for others by conducting all of their affairs with justice, by acting with loving kindness toward everyone, and by walking humbly, and this is what He requires of us today.

We see how God deals with those whom He has redeemed from bondage. How He has blessed them with love and mercy. How He has disciplined them in order to save them from themselves and how He has brought them into a new life with Him. But that was not enough for Israel; and it is sadly too often not enough for us. In spite of God’s grace towards His people in the OT, they continued to renege on their covenant with Him. They continued to seek their own ways and establish their own gods. Time and again they were disciplined; time and again they turned back to their sinful ways.

We cannot walk with God without a Savior that is why God sent His Son. Through this child, God would lead those covered by the blood of the Lamb out from the slavery of a powerful master. God would lead His people who would accept His Son as Lord and Savior into new life, protecting them, yet disciplining them when necessary every step of the way. All God would ask in return is that once again, they would keep their focus on Him and walk in His ways, showing loving kindness, mercy and grace to everyone around them because they themselves had been shown loving kindness, mercy and Grace by Almighty God.

What will it take for us to wake up? What do we have to do to be righteous before the Lord? We need to humble ourselves and listen because all the while, God is saying the same thing of long ago, act justly, love kindness, and walk humbly with Me, and the Lord will do the rest.

Will we listen to God’s call to goodness? Will we as believers, through the power of His Holy Spirit, act justly towards others, showing them grace while we walk humbly with the God? This is what God requires of us, this is why Jesus came to earth to redeem us. This is what we were created for and this is the only thing that will ever fulfill us.

Micah 6:8 should be a reminder that grace is free and that faithful living is our grateful response. Remember these acts in order to know that in spite of God’s overwhelming righteousness, He is passionately devoted to His people. He said: “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.” (Leviticus 26:3-4) and continues in (v12), “I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.”

Yes we can walk with God by studying His Holy Word and by obeying His statues and keeping His commandments.

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