God Requires

Day 20: Thursday, March 16, 2023

Rev. Sela Finau

God Requires

Scripture: “With what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:6-8 NRSV) 

Devotion: As we continue our Lenten journey, Micah’s words remind us that God does not require external acts of piety, but rather desires a heart that is committed to justice, kindness, and humility. It is easy to become consumed with our own sacrifices during Lent, but Micah reminds us that God is more interested in the transformation of our hearts.

We are called to do justice, to seek the well-being of others, and to work towards a more just and equitable world. We are called to love kindness, to show compassion and mercy to those who are hurting, and to share the love of Christ with others. And we are called to walk humbly with God, recognizing that our journey of faith is not about achieving greatness, but about serving others and living a life that reflects the love and grace of God.

As we reflect on Micah’s words, let us remember that our faith is not just about rituals, traditions, or doctrine but also how we live our lives. May we strive to be agents of justice and mercy in a world that so desperately needs it, and may we always walk humbly with our God, knowing that this is what God truly desires from us.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to live out Micah’s message in our daily lives. May we seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you. Amen.

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