Do you ever feel like doing good is hard work? Hard work requires discipline, courage, and creativity at times. Some days, I wish I could phone it in.
In our relationship with God, we may feel like we can skate by or “phone it in,” but the truth is we can’t.
It take hard work and discipline, and humility.
In today’s passage, we see the Lord asking Israel what has happened. What has the Lord done to drive them away?
He says I brought you out of Egypt and away from kings. I gave you a promised land and made your descendants numerous, but what else can I do for you?
Micah says, the Lord has told you what you can do. He says,
“No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”Micah 6:8
The simple things in life are often the most difficult to fulfill. There are three things God has told us to do:
- Do what is right– run from evil and make wise decisions. When you do these things, you do what is right.
- Love. Mercy – grace is getting something we don’t deserve. Mercy is showing compassion to someone that has hurt us. God calls us to love showing compassion to those who have hurt us.
- Walk humbly with God – we need to develop an intimate relationship with God. This means reading His word, developing a conversational prayer life, and giving your time and resources.
When we think about how we want our relationship with Christ to be and look like, we want these things for our earthly relationships.
If we apply these same three principles found in Micah to our earthly relationships, we will have much stronger relationships here on earth.
Today, choose one of the three principles found in Micah and apply it to your relationships around you. Maybe you need to practice humility or show a little more mercy to someone.
Prayer: Lord, thanks for extending to us love and mercy. Thank you for providing a blueprint for deepening our relationship with you and with others. Amen!