What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
The Lord calls the mountains and the hills to bear witness to the argument that He has with His people. The Lord asks His people what has He done to burden them? In fact He has intervened to save them on many occasions.
Micah then asks what can people bring to the Lord. Will He be pleased with offerings or rivers of oil or even human sacrifices? No. The Lord has shown what it good- to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.
God is not interested in our sacrifices, no matter how costly. He doesn’t care about what I give up for Him or what I do for Him. He is more concerned with a heart that is surrendered to Him in such a way that religion transforms relationship.
In particular there are three things mentioned here:
1. Do justice. God’s people are to be fair in all their dealings. We need to ensure that we do not rip others off, that we build others up, that we are honest and that we give more than we take.
Doing justice also means standing up for the poor and oppressed, for everyone whom the governing powers trample over.
2. Love kindness. The word translated as kindness is the Hebrew word hesed which means God’s covenant loving-kindness. We are to treat people with the same kind of love that God has shown us.
We are to love hesed so that doing deeds which lift others up is to become the grand passion in life.
3. To walk humbly with our God. We are to be obedient to God in everything. We mustn’t allow this walk with God to become a source of pride or self-righteousness, but to relate to God and to other people in humility.
This means listening rather than talking, welcoming and valuing both God and others. It also means listening to God’s perspective on our life, listening to His directions for us and obeying Him gladly.
Thank you Lord for this simple expression of what it means to honour you. Please help me to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with you my God. Amen.