He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 TNIV)
In the midst of spiritual confusion, here’s an amazingly clear scripture. So often in my Christian walk I tend to lose focus because of the daily grind of ministry. In three short words, we have a nutshell of what God requires: justice, mercy, humility.
Taking a break from sermon preparation, I find this morning that I need God now more than ever. Not just for inspiration in preparing my weekly messages, and not just so I can be a better minister of His graces.
I just need Him.
I sometimes feel spiritually exhausted. Exhaustion comes from exertion. It comes from working hard at things. And there is so much to do as a Church Pastor that it is easy to get distracted. Distracted from the important things. I need God to remind me of the simple things. I need God like a breath of fresh air after I have been submerged for so long in the study of His Word.
Who would have thought that could become a distraction?
Knowing is not the same as doing. This verse of scripture reminds me of the practical aspect of ministry. And so, today, I don’t want to ‘exegete’ the text. I don’t want to delve into the historical background, the socio-cultural setting, the sitz im leben of Micah. I just want to listen to His voice telling me that He has shown me what He requires. I don’t want to just know this. I want to put it into practice: to act justly in my dealings with my fellow men, to love mercy as I forgive and care deeply for them, and to walk humbly with my God.