He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? ~~ Micah 6:8 (KJV)
We talk about God’s will. We pray for healing, if it’s His will. We pray for prosperity, if it’s His will. How do you know what His will is in any circumstance?
Micah 6:8 tells you in plain language. Oh, this is written in King James English and you don’t really understand it?
We can unpack the King James version of the verse from the end to the beginning.
The last noun, and most important one, is God – thy God. Thy God is the person or thing uppermost in your mind and spirit at all times. If you have truly made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, you can rest in His provision.
- Yes, we work to be faithful to His word in all things.
- Yes, we are responsible for our actions and reactions.
- Yes, we are responsible for how we live. And that includes how we make our living.
- But the most important thing we are responsible for is obedience to God.
Obedience begins with a knowledge of His written word – the Bible. As we read His word, we become familiar with His desires for us. Psalm 37:4 says it plainly.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
This doesn’t just mean He will give us anything we desire. It means He will sow His will into our hearts to make it our heart’s desire.
The next step is to love mercy. If we are fully aware of the mercy God has shown us, we will want to pass that mercy on to others.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. ~~ Matthew 7:1
We don’t know what is in a person’s background, what they have suffered, what they have been taught. So while we can judge an action as being wrong, immoral, or foolhardy, we do not ascribe that judgment to the person, just to the action. We remember that the person was so loved by God that He sent Jesus to pay for all that person’s sins – for all my sins. Oh!
This knowledge of God and awareness of His mercies to us will culminate in our doing justice – doing what is right in the sight of the Lord.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. ~~ Luke 6:31
If we always treat others as we would wish to be treated, we are doing justice. It’s that simple. Not always easy, but simple.
Help us always to remember Your love, not just for ourselves, but for others as well. Plant in our hearts a desire to know You better, to study Your word, to follow Your lead. Give us the grace to see in others what You see in them, to love them with Your love. Help us always to be what You would have us be in this world.
In Jesus’ most precious name.