"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 thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sins of my soul? He has told you, O man, 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 6-8
I first became familiar with this verse, when the choir sang an anthem that was based upon it. Music has always moved me spiritually, and this scripture became meaningful to me.
The book of Micah was written around 742-687 B. C. to warn God's people that judgment was coming. In the midst of these predictions, Micah offered hope to the people because he talked about God's forgiveness and love. Jewish law demanded sacrifices to God, but Micah told the people that even huge sacrifices were not pleasing to God as long as they continued to sin.
The same is true for us today. Sometimes we think that we have to do something dramatic to get God's attention. We can't make up for our sins by occasionally doing something extraordinary. Spirituality doesn't average out. We need God in our lives every day. God has asked us to do some very basic things - to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with Him. Consistency is the key. If we stray from our path, we don't need to overcompensate. We should get back on track and continue our daily walk with God.
Loving God, we thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Walk with us each day as we strive to live in a way that is pleasing to You. Lead us to be just, kind and humble. Amen.