“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
What is good? Do we sometimes forget what that is? I know I do. I know I love mercy – that is – I love it when others are merciful to me – and I try to show mercy to others. But I’m sure I fail miserably at it. The old, “do unto others” routine gets a bit old – especially if we do not feel any of that grace and mercy from others. But I do try. I am trying.
But when we’re talking about what is good – I think we have an idea in our mind – and sometimes this is not what God is meaning by this. Good to me – means a life of blessing. A life safe within proper boundaries. And there is a fine line between what feels good and what is good. Sin feels good – that’s why people stray away from their life of safety. If it didn’t – people wouldn’t do it. But there is a “fall out” from sin – and the bible does warn us about this “fall out” many times – in other words – it’s just NOT worth it!
I don’t know about you – but to live with “blessing” from God is what I want for my life and for my family. It requires discipline of the mind – thinking about walking humbly – to act justly and love mercy.
What does the Lord require? That I be perfect? That I automatically love good instead of bad? No – I don’t think so. I believe that He gently works in and through us – in a very loving way – to inspire us – to teach us to love good things in our life – to love and embrace people – be merciful to others – and to be humble.
Dear Lord – breathe in me your will for my life. Daily renew my mind and spirit with your eyesight. Probe the deepest parts of me. Show me what is good. Help me to wave goodbye to things that aren’t. To love mercy and be merciful to others – in the same way that you showed mercy to me. Help me to walk humbly among people and to represent YOU to everyone I meet.