Micah 6:8 Devotional

Micah 6:8 Devotional
“He has shown you, O mortal, 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 (NIV)

As the Common Good team we had the opportunity to pray through this captivating piece of scripture, where Micah addresses the injustice and oppression carried out by Judah’s elites.

Micah asks the question in verse 6:8, “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God?”. Prior to this, he suggests the progressively greater sacrifices that other religions of the time demanded.  Instead Yahweh simply requires of His people ‘what is good’.  This shows the gracious nature of our God.  He does not ask for the sacrifice of our firstborn children, as suggested in verse 7.  Instead he offers his own Son as the sacrifice to make us righteous.

This verse highlighted three facets of a response to this awe-inspiring God:

  • To ‘act justly’ towards others, practicing fair treatment to all with whom we come into contact.
  • To ‘love mercy’, ensuring that we joyfully act with kindness to others.
  • To ‘walk humbly’ with God, thus practicing justice out of merciful love for those whom we are     blessed to serve.

As a team, God has been challenging us to apply this in our lives and in our work.  This requires discernment, prayer and a willingness to change the way we do things.

How has this verse shaped your response to the vulnerable in your city?

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