Ever wonder what God wants from you? This is addressed to those who call and believe on His name. Here is a very simple answer to that question.
“He has showed you, O man, 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).
This truth is so simple. Like so many things in our life if we just look. God wants us to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him. How much simpler could it be? Many times we stand around wondering what God’s will is for our lives. All we need to do is explore the pages of what He has already revealed to us.
1) To act justly: This means to always do what is right and good.
2) To love mercy: Show mercy to others in our lives. We all need it and should give it. Look at how much mercy and grace God has shown us in Christ.
3) To walk humbly with your God: Wow! God wants us to walk with Him everyday. It is simply amazing that God wants our love, devotion, and to have a relationship with Him. The creator of the universe, our beloved Father, wants us to walk with Him.
Walking humbly is to recognize who we are in relation to Him. Everything we have and do is by the will of God. The fact is that we take our next breath, wake up each morning to get out of bed, and experience this life is only by the will of God. That goes for every single thing in our lives. Take a look at this interesting text in James.
“Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins” (James 4:13-17 NIV).
Every thing we do is by God’s will, and for us not to acknowledge that is arrogance in the face of the truth. The length, time, and place of our life is determined by God. We should be humbled by the love, mercy, and grace He has shown us. This brings to mind the parable of the rich man who worked so hard to store up so much, yet on the very night he completed his work his life was required of him by God. Yet, he was not rich toward God on that night (Luke 12:13-21).
It is my desire to walk with Him each day. To know Him better each day. I am thankful for the time God has alloted me for my life, and I hope to live long enough to do what God has for me to accomplish. And if its His will I’d like to see my child grow up into a mature, God loving, Christ following, responsible adult. After that I will be satisfied and ready for what comes next.
Walking with God reminds me of Enoch. What a great example to follow. He walked so closely with God that God simply took him (Genesis 5:24). God also walk with Adam in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day, but after the fall Adam and Eve hid themselves from Him (Genesis 3:8). They did not want to walk with Him because they had sinned, and they were afraid of His judgement. That relationship was broken by their choice.
Now it is up to us to do what God wants. He has called us into an intimate, loving relationship with Christ. He wants us to love Him with all of our mind, heart, soul, and strength, and He wants us to walk with Him through our lives. That brings great hope and joy into my heart.
Blessed is His name for all eternity.