Checking our Attitude toward God

Daily Devotional – Micah 6

By Pastor Jason Walsh

“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

There is a family film titled, The Winslow Boy, which tells the story of a 13-year-old who is accused of stealing and is expelled from a British military school. The father believes his son is innocent and gathers all his resources to defend him. As the case attracts public attention, many people rally behind the boy with the slogan "Let right be done!"

You see, there is something within us that longs for justice for others and for ourselves. This is because we are all created in the image of God who is fully loving and fully just. But there is only one aspect of justice that is fully within our control, and that is our behavior toward God and others.

To a people who hurt the Lord deeply by their selfishness and unjust treatment of others, God speaks through the prophet Micah saying, “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the LORD” (Micah 6:3-5). Micah reminds God’s people, "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8).  

Our nation has hurt the Lord deeply by our selfishness and unjust treatment of Him and others.  Today God could ask us the same question, “What have a I done to you to deserve this treatment?”  Yet God is patient, loving, and has graciously given us an opportunity to humble ourselves and repent.  So, what does the Lord long for from us? He wants action ("do justly"), affection ("love mercy"), and association ("walk humbly with your God").

As Christians, instead of demanding "Let right be done to me," may our rallying cry become "Let right be done by me." God forgive us for our attitudes towards you.  Forgive us for our mistreatment of you and others.  Lord God almighty, give us the strength to say, "In my church, in my family, in my community, in my workplace, in every relationship, let right be done by me!"

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