Since yesterday morning there has been a lingering question in my mind. What does the Lord require?
In preparation for meeting the day. Again, the question shrugged me on the shoulder…What does the Lord require of us? Not just those proclaiming to be children of the Most High God but humanity in general.
Every day we drive through traffic. This requires our observance of the speed limits. In going to our jobs we are required to report on time and perform what we are hired to do. Or you are off to school that not only requires you be on time. But that you learn the daily lessons in order to graduate to the next level. We attend church and are required to observe, listen, learn and apply what is preached or taught. Being the man or woman of the house has certain obligatory requirements—from applying the Honey dos to tucking our children in at night. For single parents even more is required because they have to stand in the position of two people.
But, again what does the Lord require of us?
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NKJV)
To do justly. To act equitably, to hurt NO ONE by word or deed. To love mercy. To be guided in conduct to others by loving kindness. These two rules contain the whole duty to our neighbor. Please note the word neighbor not only denotes those of whom we live next to, but also those of whom we come in contact.
Compare Christ’s description of false discipleship (Matthew 23:23).
To walk humbly with thy God. This precept comprises man’s duty to God, humility and obedience. “To walk” is an expression implying “to live and act” as the patriarchs are said to have “walked with God,” denoting they lived as consciously under his eye and referred all their actions to him. Humility is greatly enforced in the Scriptures (Isaiah 2:11, etc.)
The prophet is teaching us by showing the worthlessness of outward observances when the moral precepts are ignored. Is it not written “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)
The Lord requires so little. Why can we not give him our level best? He gave more than a hundred percent on that cross. He gave all of himself for all of us.
I propose a challenge this week. To do your own personal inspection. Are we really doing what the Lord requires or just going through religious exercises? Are we obeying and walking humbly in the will of God? Or are we just going our own way, as the dice rolls—suffering the consequences of our own decisions? Yet blaming God for those consequences. Perhaps with those decisions you have become lost in the Wilderness of Doubt and allowed bitterness to set in your heart.
Whatever place you find yourself—Here are some things to help you on your journey of discovery:
1) Pray as Jesus instructed us. (Matthew 6:5-13)
2) Ask God for wisdom concerning your purpose. (James 1:5)
3) Apply the bible to your daily life. (James 1:22-25)
4) Hurt no man’s person, property, or character. (Matthew 7:12)
5) Show mercy. Help those in need not just on holidays but every day. (2 Samuel 22:26)
6) Do “good” in the moral sense of the word. (James 3:13)
7) No matter your positions always walk in humility. (Isaiah 57:15)
This list may seem somewhat overwhelming. But if you take it one step at a time and one day at a time. You will be surprised what you can accomplish. Whatever challenges you face at the moment with whatever result they bring, they teach us valuable lessons. Be patient and strong to overcome the tough episodes and be ready to meet the bright ones. And always remember to thank the Lord for everything you have in life. Now you are no longer standing still, but moving forward!
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