Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O Man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (NASB)
This is my favorite verse in the Bible. Whenever I get overwhelmed, confused, tired, or just plain ready to throw in the towel and quit, I run to this verse and soak in it. I find refreshing and strength. God meets me there and quiets my soul.
This verse tells me that God hasn’t called me to use me up. He has called me to relationship first. The first thing He has told me is what is good. Isn’t that wonderful? He is good and He has good things for me. He created a good and beautiful world. He created me and put into me giftings and dreams to give me hope and a future. I have the Word which shows me who God is, His character, His covenant, His promises, and His fierce love for me. That’s where it all starts.
God hasn’t called me to use me up
After I soak in that goodness I get to His requirements. That can be scary, but they all come down to three simple things that I can do:
“Do justice.” This means to deal with everyone fairly and honestly. It doesn’t mean to ignore the bad, but to deal with it fairly and head on in a godly manner.
“Love kindness.” I am all in for that. It’s a fruit of the Spirit and I should always be operating in it. It’s something I am always working on in my life. That doesn’t mean that I don’t call people out on injustice, see the first requirement.
“Walk humbly with your God.” That’s relationship with DaddyGod and to know that I am His child. That’s a relationship I am always exploring and loving every minute of it! This is identity and knowing covenant and inheritance. So many exciting parts of walking as a child of God.
There is nothing overwhelming in what God requires
That’s it! There is nothing overwhelming in what God requires. Everything else falls into place when we keep these things first. That’s why it’s my favorite verse and keeps me from falling apart. It’s on the wall of my bedroom and I love to hear my kids quote it. Apparently they heard it a lot growing up. If I can give you a gem in the Bible, this is definitely one I would love you to have.