January 27

Micah 6:1-8

“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?” vs. 8

The people of Israel believed that God had brought them out of Egypt and established them in the land of Canaan. Micah reminds them of that special call and their failure to live according to God’s command. When the prophet’s hearers asked what they needed to do to get back in God’s graces, he has a simple response. God cares nothing for religious activities and the things we do in our temples and sanctuaries. And then come these remarkable words, “do justice…love kindness…walk humbly with your God!” Of all the words of scripture there are probably none more precious than these. They sum up the teachings of every major religion in succinct and plain fashion, while putting our posturing and pitiful pieties in perspective. Oh how we love our religions, with all their rules, regulations, and rituals that we have so carefully crafted and designed. We preserve the stories of the special favor God has for our particular tribe of believers while disparaging the teachings of others. And what really counts? Working for justice, loving kindness, and practicing humility! No matter what our calling and station in life, whether president, mother, teacher, or janitor, these three qualities belong at the top of our personal moral code–and it’s certainly the way every serious follower of Jesus will choose to live. 

Thought for the Day: Memorize Micah 6:1-8.

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