“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8.
We are all unique in God’s sight, He loved us before we were even born. He has designed a special path for each one of us to follow. He has given each one of us talents and abilities that are different from anyone else. He knows exactly what is best for us and how we can use those abilities for His honour and glory. He does not want us to compare ourselves with others, but just be faithful with what He has given us.
Even though we are all different, this verse in Micah tells us that there are certain things that God requires of all of us. Young or old, there are certain principles that we must make a part of our life to fulfill God’s plan for us.
• Do justly. What does that mean? The Golden Rule, which most of us learned as children, says “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12. The Lord expects us to be honest and sincere in all our dealings with our families, our friends, and everyone we meet. The Book of Proverbs is filled with admonitions of being just in every part of our life.
• Love mercy. How easy it is to look at someone else’s faults and failures and judge them for it. We forget that we have faults and failures as well and need others to be merciful to us. The Lord Jesus Christ has mercy on us when we make mistakes and go against His Word. So, He expects us to show mercy to others.
• Walk humbly with God. None of us have anything in ourselves to be proud and boast about. All our abilities have been given us by the Lord. A friend shared a thought online the other day, which really stood out to me: “It’s your job to humble yourself and God’s job to promote you. If you insist on doing God’s job, He will do yours.” -T.F. Tenney,
As we walk each day on the unique path that God has planned for us, let us remember to cultivate these three things in our lives. We can rest in His promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He walks the path before us and leads us every step of the way.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the pathway you have given us to follow, and for your guidance along the way. Help us always to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You.
Devotion by Anne Johnston