January 24

Micah 6:6-8

“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?” vs. 8

Sometimes folks act as though they’re confused about how they ought to live out their lives on this blue orb. On one hand this is understandable. There are a bunch of options out there and it’s not always easy to choose among them. But if we have even the slightest interest about how to walk in the way of the Lord, there’s no mystery at all. Micah puts it so plainly that not even fools could misunderstand.And he’s not just making this up! This is the consistent witness of the prophets all along–but it’s Micah who manages this magnificent summary, and it’s his verse that thousands of folks have committed to memory. Many even have the needlepoint version hanging on the walls of their homes. And when we can get our acts together and actually begin living as the Lord desires by doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly, our environments are transformed. Certainly there will be obstacles. We regularly get off track and lose focus in the face of cultural considerations and our personal desire for wealth and power, but prophets like Micah haven’t gone away. They’re still around and regularly call us back to the basics. And oh, what joy is ours when we actually find ourselves obeying!

Thought for the Day: What’s my “go to” bible verse?

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