“What does the LORD require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humble with your God.”

Micah 6:8b

Micah outlines a plan here, one that all followers of Christ should adopt as their way of life.

“To Act justly. . .” We are to act without showing favoritism. When a person faces a trial in court, a jury hears the evidence and then delivers a verdict. What amazes me is the process of selecting those twelve people.

The courts send out questionnaires to a certain group of candidates. The questions are on the order of: 1.) Have you ever been the victim of a hit and run car accident? 2.) Have you ever had your home broken into and burglarized? 3.) Have you ever been robbed? The aim of the courts is to have no one on a jury who may hold a grudge about these circumstances in their lives. The court system wants the jurors to decide each case with justice.

”to love mercy . . .” In those old movies, a defense attorney, from time to time, says something like, “My client throws himself on the mercy of the court.” Simply stated the defendant has realized that the court will rule him guilty and he changes his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty’.

The phrase ‘to love mercy’ applies to us as ones who can administer mercy to others. Someone who forgives another person has practiced mercy. Someone who tends to hold a grudge withholds it.

God dispenses mercy on a regular basis. We need to look at our prayer requests and how he answers them. We may see His mercy in those His responses.

“to walk humbly with your God”. I believe the important word here is ‘humbly.’ We learn early in our Christian training that God created us. We learn as children that He created all that is around us-the trees, the flowers, and the grass. We also have learned He provides the sunshine and the rain for the beautiful fauna to grow. In his plan, He provides grain and foodstuffs to grow and mature, in order for us, His children, to have nourishment in order to grow.

How can we approach God, who gives us everything? We have the answer in this phrase—we have to approach Him humbly. Sometimes, we don’t feel we can follow this guideline. When I ask something of God that I really want to see happen, I know I am praying selfishly. I own up to it; yes, I admit it.

Several years ago, a dear friend underwent knee replacement surgery. Before she was to leave the hospital she developed a problem that could have become quite serious, almost life-threatening. I told God that I was selfish in my request to allow my friend to survive. I shared my thought about the selfishness with a friend. That friend knew what I meant and prayed those words in a group prayer time at the hospital one Sunday when our friend had a severe backset. My friend who was so ill, I just talked to her last night. I see her every week at church. That ‘selfish’ prayer was six years ago.

Right now, I am praying selfishly for the weather to be mild at the end of this month. We have tentative plans to meet our son when he flies in from out of state for the purpose of looking for a place to live when he relocates back to our state in a couple of months. Did I tell you he is our only child? Did I tell you we miss him? Did I tell you we are proud of him?

Yes, like all parents, we are proud of our son. God is infinitely more proud of each of His children. That’s another reason; we should walk humbly with Him.