What God Wants

John Koedyker

READ : Micah 6:1-16

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (v. 8)

I have a friend who told me something very interesting the other day. She said that when she and her husband are driving together late at night and he starts to get sleepy at the wheel, she picks an argument with him. Before she knows it, he is wide awake, passionately defending himself. What a clever idea!

The memorable words of Micah 6 present what commentators call a “covenant lawsuit.” It’s as though God takes his covenant people to court to argue his case against them. And God certainly got their attention! We don’t have all the historical details to work with here, but it seems that the people must have tried to argue back by proudly pointing to their thousands and even tens of thousands of burnt offerings (vv. 6-7).

But God wasn’t really impressed with all that. What God wanted then and still wants now is very simple: justice, kindness, and a humble walk with God. God is more concerned about the character of the worshiper than the gift. The condition of our heart and the content of our walk determines the quality of our offerings to God. Does God have reason to quarrel with you?

PRAYER

Lord, help me give you justice, kindness, and humility. Amen.