Verse of the Day Devotion: Micah 6:8
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you. But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8
In verses 1 and 2, Micah is appealing to the people to hear Yahweh’s revelation to them, God’s grievance against them. God is laying out a case like one of a legal nature. This could be called “Yahweh” vs “Israel”. He was basically initiating the legal proceedings.
This grievance can be seen in verses 3-5. “My people, what have I done to you, and how have I wearied you? Answer Me. Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt and ransomed you from the house of slavery, And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam. My people, remember now What Balak king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beor answered him, And from Shittim to Gilgal, So, that you might know the righteous acts of the LORD.” Micah 6:3-5. They appear to have grown tired of God. He then lists several events in history to show His goodness to them.
Moving into verses 6-7, we see that Israel saw that they were wrong and began to call out, one man after another, what they need to do to make things right. One asked should he come before Him with burnt offerings of yearling calves, this being one of the choice offerings within the law. Another asked are thousands of rams to be offered and rivers of the oil offered with the sacrificed., One asked should he offer his first borne. Some of these things were acceptable sacrifices, other were not.
Micah then tells the people, in our focus verse, that God has told them what was good and what He desired of them. We see this in the following verse “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?” Deuteronomy 10:12-13. They have heard this before; however, they had forgotten, and God brought it back to their minds.
So, let’s examine these three points found in our focus verse, which apply to us as well. First, to uphold justice. We are to judge righteously with no favoritism. To judge fairly without improperly favoring any side in the judgement. Jesus put it this way, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24. Something may look wrong; however, it may not be wrong. We must investigate any situation and ensure that what we declare is righteous.
Next, to love kindness. Other translations say love mercy. We are to show our love by being kind and merciful. We are to be kind to one another, not using severity toward our brothers and sisters, but being compassionate to others, especially when we are wronged. Show everyone that we love them and desire God’s best for them.
And lastly, to walk with God in an attitude of humility. Keeping a constant and loving relationship with our loving God. Remembering that it is God’s will to be done, not our own which is the picture of arrogance whereby we believe our ways are better. Keeping His commandments which is the proof of our love to Him. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15.
What God requires of us is love, toward others through upholding justice and loving mercy. Then toward God by walking continually and humbly with Him. Works done based on following rules is not what He desires. He requires our love. He showed us His through Jesus’ death for our sins to reconcile us with Himself. Showing Him our love as Micah 6:8 tells us is not asking too much from us.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.