Daily Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8 KJV
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
Today’s Devotional Is God’s Requirements
Micah was a prophet who loved his country and people. During his time, things were looking bleak and he knew that the only thing that could save his nation was a revival of true religion. The people asked him if God desired animal sacrifices or even the sacrifice of their own children to atone for their sins, but the answer came back that God required something much deeper and more spiritual.
Let us make this threefold message our own. We should do what is right and fair, giving to others what is owed to them. This means acknowledging the rightful claims of those around us, like our family and friends, and making sure we treat them with fairness and kindness.
We should also love mercy. There will be times when people will need our help, even if they don’t deserve it. We should give it to them gladly and without hesitation, whether they are in trouble, helpless, or even our enemies. Start by showing mercy, and eventually, you will learn to love it.
Finally, we should walk humbly with God. We should neither lag behind nor rush ahead of Him, but walk with Him hand in hand. There have been many throughout history who have walked with God in a pure and humble way, and we should strive to do the same. The heart of true religion is found in holy and humble living, not in sacrifices or rituals.
But what about those of us who have failed or are burdened with guilt and sin? The answer is found in the final verses of Micah’s book. There, we learn that God not only forgives us, but He also helps us to overcome our sins. He delights in showing mercy and compassion to us. Who is like our God?
PRAYER for Today
Lord, by your powerful grace, help me to become the person you want me to be. Amen.