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)
never conceals His expectations from us. We never have to guess how we should
live. In response to the misguided ways in which people sought to please God,
the prophet Micah clearly explained what God does and does not expect. The
people asked: Should we come to God with many offerings? Should we bring a
thousand rams and ten thousand rivers of oil? Would God be pleased if we gave
our firstborn child to Him to express our devotion? (Mic. 6:6–7). Micah’s
response was straightforward: “He has shown you, O man, what is good.”
listed three things God desires. First, He wants us to show justice. The desire
to receive justice is not enough. We must also be absolutely just in the way we
treat others. If we have given our word, we should keep it with complete integrity.
If we have people working for us, we should treat them as fairly as Jesus
would. We should act justly in every relationship.
we are to love mercy. The knowledge that we have received undeserved mercy from
God should motivate us to show mercy to others. We must resist the temptation
to retaliate against those who have wronged us, choosing to show them mercy
God requires us to walk humbly with Him. God does not ask us for spectacular
acts of service—He asks for humility. At times we try to make the Christian
life far more complicated than it is. We may hide behind questions about the
Bible or uncertainty about the second coming of Christ. We can allow ourselves
to become distracted in order to avoid confronting what God has clearly told us
to do today. If we strive to be completely obedient in the basics, the more
complex assignments will become clear.