What Does the Lord Require?

February 21

Micah 6:8
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?

Daily Reflection
Each day as I walked to high school, I passed a Jewish synagogue that had these words mounted on a large stone wall:

“Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly with God…”
God’s instructions in how to live in three action verbs.

To Do Justice is a dynamic concept that calls on God’s people to work for fairness and equality for all, particularly the weak and powerless.

To Love Mercy is all about love, compassion and faithfulness in our relationship with others and with God.

To Walk Humbly with God means to put God first in our lives. In other words, our journey through life is a walk with God as our constant companion.

The Lord requires us To Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly with God not if we feel like it, if it’s convenient, if it doesn’t cost anything, etc. He expects us to do this because we love him, we love our neighbors and we love ourselves.

Daily Prayer
Dear Lord,
Help us daily to do, love and walk as you would have us. Amen.

~Marilyn Ward