OCT. 7-9 – Restoration is What God Commands

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Throughout history, humans have asked God, “What do you want of me?” Too often we don’t want to hear what he says, or we think his words are confusing. But the prophet Micah records exactly what God says he wants from us. He states it clearly. He starts by asking what does the LORD requires of you. The speaker is acknowledging that it always starts with God, an acknowledgment that he is ultimately in control, that he is not a far-off God, but LORD of our lives. He then says to “do justice.” The phrase here is a call to do an action. It is not enough to think about justice or to wish for it, but to go out seeking to bring justice about. Justice in the Bible is a word that has a deeper meaning than how we view it today. It has to do with providing for people’s well-being, restoring what was taken, reconciliation, providing enough for people. God is commanding us to do these things in our daily lives and for the daily lives of people around us.

The second command is to love kindness.  This phrase is an intimate act of how we are supposed to react to family. We are called to love and do kindness to the stranger, just as we would to our own family. We should welcome people in and treat them just as we would for our closest relatives. 

Finally, God says walk humbly with Him. This is the deep abiding relationship between us and God’s deeds. We are called to realize He is God, and we are not. Walking humbly with God is related to the first two in that when we walk humbly with God, we can love with kindness and do justice. This shows our humility and love for God and our neighbor.

God requires of us what he has done for us – saved us, redeemed us, brought justice to us, etc. God’s call is for us to do the same for those around us. 

Prayer:

Lord God, move in us to not just sit on the side lines, but to get up and take action. When we know you and have you in our lives, we then have to do something with our lives. Help us to seek out where we can bring justice and raise people up. Help us to love everyone as family and seek their betterment. As we seek to move in the world, help us to have humble hearts and attitudes to seek your will and not our own.

Amen.

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