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What Does God Require? Do, Love, Walk

What Does God Require?

What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

Have you ever asked your children to pick up their toys, only to come back fifteen minutes later to find that their room is still a mess? And then you ask your young ones the question that all parents have asked since children first crawled upon carpets: "Did you hear what I asked you do to?”Have you ever asked your children to pick up their toys, only to come back fifteen minutes later to find that their room is still a mess? And then you ask your young ones the question that all parents have asked since children first crawled upon carpets:

“Did you hear what I asked you do to?”

The kids give an innocent nod, to which you ask, incredulous:

“If you heard me, then why aren’t you doing what you know you’re supposed to be doing?”

Ah, the joys of parenting. It’s not easy to get kids to listen, and it’s harder still to get them to do what is right. That’s one reason why they need parents.

Likewise, God sent prophets to remind His children what He required of them.

Micah was sent for such a purpose. Three times in the book named for him, Micah emphasizes the people’s need to listen and hear what God is saying. In chapter one, Micah proclaims, “Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention” (Micah 1:2). Again, in chapters three and six, he calls on the people to listen carefully.

Nevertheless, as Micah points out, the people seem clueless and ask what they must do in order to please God (Micah 6:6-7). So he reminds them that God has made it quite clear what He requires of them: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).

Notice the three action verbs in this passage: do, love, walk. Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Do Justice

The Lord commands that His children act justly and do what is right. This means caring for widows, taking in strangers, visiting prisoners, and clothing, feeding, and helping the poor and those in need (Matthew 25:35-40). Certainly, doing justice is about much more than judging the actions of others and handing out punishment. Remember, before you came to Christ you were God’s enemy. He has called you into a close, loving relationship with Him by His grace. When you keep this proper perspective, the desire to be legalistic and put everyone in their place will be tempered with the next action God requires.

Love Kindness

Simply put, practicing kindness means being helpful. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if more people loved to lend a helping hand? The more you love kindness and spread kindness, the more you will sow trust, harmony, and peace among your neighbors. Of course—as we see so often in this world—where kindness is not valued, justice is hard to find.

Have you ever asked your children to pick up their toys, only to come back fifteen minutes later to find that their room is still a mess? And then you ask your young ones the question that all parents have asked since children first crawled upon carpets: "Did you hear what I asked you do to?”

Walk Humbly

Before you attempt to mete out justice, you must walk humbly before the Almighty, the Exalted One, the Lord of lords and King of kings. If we stop to think about who God is, we should be terrified, reverent, and yes, humbled. He is God with a capital G. In light of the fact that we are merely God’s creation, you and I should never dare think too highly of ourselves.

God wants us to hear, to listen carefully to His words. And He expects us to do what He requires. In other words, He doesn’t want us to only think and believe correctly; He commands that we practice right living.

Have you ever asked your children to pick up their toys, only to come back fifteen minutes later to find that their room is still a mess? And then you ask your young ones the question that all parents have asked since children first crawled upon carpets: "Did you hear what I asked you do to?”

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for the message of Micah and his reminders to hear what you’ve said and to do what you require. Help me to always listen and obey. I want to do what is right. I desire to love mercy, kindness, and all the things that you love. Let me walk humbly by your side—your majestic, lovely, holy, perfect, and all-powerful side.

If you enjoyed this devotional by Davis Carman, enjoy reading his other posts entitled Four Types of Faith: Which Do You Have? and Why You Can’t Possibly Teach Your Kids Everything.

Walking by faith and enjoying the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime!

 

 

Davis Carman

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Davis is the president of Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. He is also the author of four illustrated children’s books designed to help kids learn a biblical worldview. He believes that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now! 

Davis’s four books include: Good Morning, Godbased on Deuteronomy 6, A Light for My Pathan ABC book based on Psalm 119, In the Beginning, based on the Creation account in Genesis, and Psalms to Know Early.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever asked your children to pick up their toys, only to come back fifteen minutes later to find that their room is still a mess? And then you ask your young ones the question that all parents have asked since children first crawled upon carpets: "Did you hear what I asked you do to?”

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