What does God require? @Seeking1st looks at #Amos

Micah 6 verse 8

 

What does God require?

That feels like a ridiculous question. How could God need anything from us? And how can we know what God wants of us? With what can we dare to come before the Lord, the Creator of all that is?

The book of the prophet Micah addresses this question:

“With what shall I come before the Lord,

and bow myself before God on high?

Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,

with calves a year old?

Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,

with ten thousands of rivers of oil?

Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,

the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

Micah 6: 6 – 7

 

What is the heart of God wants from us?

Or to put it another way: what is our duty to God?

No amount of sacrificial giving on our part comes anywhere near to the heart of what God wants from us. I think we can know something of what God wants from us in our worship. Worship of God should involve the whole of our lives, not just the spiritual/religious bit. And that is why I find Micah’s answer to the question, ‘what does God require’ so helpful.

“He has told you, O mortal, 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

Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.

For me, those words summarise the heart of the Old Testament laws and Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. It is simple yet profoundly challenging. Simple because it does not ask me to put right all the injustices of the world, but to do justice in my sphere of influence. It does not ask me to get rid of all the cruelty of the world, but simply to love kindness and act kindly where I am. It does not ask me to do anything amazing, not even to pray harder, but simply to walk humbly with God. It is simple but not easy to do or to know how to do it, so I end with a prayer for help. It is part of a longer prayer by Dana Cassell that I found here.

Show us, God

when to do justice,

how to love kindness,

and where to walk,

humbly,

with You.

Amen.

 

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About Nancy Wallace

Blogs as Seeker (http://nancysblog-seeker.blogspot.co.uk/). Tweets on Twitter as @Seeking1st. Church of England minister and grandmother, struggling to learn to pray, paint and play.