Sony’s Thoughts: God’s Requirements
“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)
I was thinking today about what the world would be like if everyone would follow God’s requirements. If everyone’s life goal was to show mercy and to walk humbly, there could be no strife because everyone would be preferring everyone else above themselves. There would be no pride, no self-serving attitudes, simply the peace and serenity which God created.
God has been speaking to me especially about humility. It seems like humans expect to be treated a certain way. We want to be praised for what we do, and we want people to think well of us. When good things happen to us or when God opens doors which cause us recognition, that is not bad and He deserves the praise for that but to expect those things is not right. We are here to be His servants, not His royalty. We will live as the princes and princesses we are when we get to Heaven but that is not the example He set for us down here. “But (Jesus) made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7)
And what about walking in mercy? When I was a child, I used to listen to a song about a snail called Herbert. Herbert was extremely slow (slow as a snail, I would imagine) and people were always having to wait for him. One line of the song said, “Remember that God is patient too and think of all the times when others have to wait for you.” It is so easy to be hard on other people and yet not think about the things in our lives that are equally frustrating to others. Jesus instructed us to “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36) I don’t know about you but I am very thankful for God’s mercy in my life.
It seems like so often, pride wants to rise to the surface. We want our rights, our recognition, our way. But what does God want for us? That should be our greatest desire. “Whosoever shall be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” (Matthew 20:26b-27)
As we walk through this day, let’s not be concerned about how people treat us but let’s focus on how we treat others: “in honour preferring one another.” (Romans 12:10b)