It’s the last post of the year. I wish I had some deeply-profound, life-changing words for the occasion that I could wrap up with a bow. Something that would bring us into the New Year with a fail-proof way to walk perfectly with God in the upcoming year. But….I don’t.
However, I did recently read a “What does God require of us?” type of passage that can serve as a fantastic yardstick with which to measure the last year. If you prefer, it can also work as a pretty good target to aim for in the year to come.
The instructions come from the book of Micah as the prophet tried to summarize what the Lord required of His people. Micah wondered aloud if we could approach God by simply bowing down to Him, or if He required offerings of calves, 1000 rams, or 10,000 rivers of oil, etc. In reply to his own question, Micah provides the following response:
“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
Read it again…slowly this time, pausing on each requirement…act justly…love mercy…walk humbly with God. These are “good” in the eyes of God. Which have gone well this past year? Which need improvement in the year to come?
Just. Merciful. Humble. May these words accurately describe each of us! –Dave
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