What Does He Want?

Have you heard anyone say something like, ” I just can’t figure  out what God wants from me?” or ” I really don’t know what God wants me to do?”

Statements like these confuse me because I think God is amazingly clear and to the point about the ‘main things’ that need to be a focus in my life.

The first and second commandments are love God with my whole heart and love others.  Jesus tells us that obeying these 2 commandments fulfills ‘all the law and the prophets’.  That includes the original 10 commandments from the Old Testament.

Used to be 10 commandments – now it’s 2.  God knows we need simple and clear directions.

As I read the 6th chapter of Micah, I am again amazed at how direct God is as he tells me what he expects from me. ” And what does the LORD require from you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Which part of that is unclear?

Act justly – do the right things and God tells us what is right in his Word.

Love Mercy – forgive others.  Give people a break especially when they don’t deserve it.  Help others.

Walk Humbly with God – develop a close relationship with God understanding that he is a supernatural combination of Creator of the Universe, the Holy and Perfect One and my Abba Father.

Micah told us this thousands of years ago.  It’s time to stop asking God what he wants us to do and start doing it.

Thank you for how clearly you guide me through your Word, Abba Father.

I Have Seen It

He has modeled for me what my life should be like – what is required of me.

Micah tells me this in the Old Testament and its one of the main reasons I study the New Testament so intently.

Jesus showed me how I should live –

To act justly,

To love mercy,

and to walk humbly with my God.

How can I act justly?

Today that looks like living a life of integrity – doing the right thing even when no one is watching and no will ever know.  I need to use God as my compass as I navigate the treacherous and ever-changing waves of life which often try to sweep over me and draw me away from him.

How do I love mercy?

Mercy is undeserved compassion. My world is full of confused and broken people who don’t need my judgement, they need my compassion and help.  It’s not my job to help everyone.  But God has given me passions – things I really care about – in order to find the places where I need to help and serve and make a difference.   If everyone would give $20 and a couple of hours of their time in the area of their passion, we would all be surprised how much things could change.

And I am called to walk humbly with my God.

Each day.

Submitting to his direction for my life.

Staying strong in my belief that God is good.

Sharing my journey with others who haven’t accepted the Great News yet.

Covered by his grace.

Held steady through the storms by his loving hands.

My eyes fixed on him.

He has shown me what is good.

Thank you, Abba Father.

What is Required of Us?

God expects us to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with him.  He tells us this in Micah 6.June 27 2015 real one

Act justly – to know what is right and to do it.  Often this means doing the opposite of what other people around us are doing because we are doing what is right in God’s eyes, not our own eyes.  God blesses us when we obey him.

Love mercy – mercy is showing love and compassion to those who need it but don’t deserve it.  They haven’t earned it.  And they will never earn it.  God sets the example by giving us mercy and expects us to show mercy to others – unmerited love and compassion.

Walk humbly with our God – we need to humbly submit to God’s will, every day.  He asks us to bow our knees as we let him take over more and more areas of our lives.  I love how this scripture describes our relationship with God as a walk.

It’s a process.

A journey.

One step at a time.

Sometimes just baby steps, but they’re in the right direction.

And sometimes we’re just crawling.

Then there are those times when we are taking steps backwards when we don’t submit and decide to do something our way.   These are not happy times.  God often disciplines us when we choose to ignore  him.  He lets us pay the consequences for these decisions until, hopefully, our eyes are opened.  Our heart is softened.  And we turn back to God with a heart full of repentance.  We humbly submit.  We bow our knees.

And we start moving down the right path again with God.

Toward completeness.

Toward wisdom.

Toward spiritual maturity.

Dear God, we bow our knees and ask you to help us act justly, love mercy and stay on the straight path of light right next to you.  Thank you Abba Father.