“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
To me, this is one of the most powerful verses found in the entire Bible. What does God expect from us? This verse spells it out plain and simple.
We are to realize that God has shown us what is good. God has told us what He has required of us. We have no excuses before Him. This verse also shows us that we are personally accountable to God. Let us also not forget that it is through God’s grace that He has told us what He requires from us. There are people groups and religions where they are unsure of what God expects from them and their worship is lived in trial and error, fearing that their god may punish them for approaching Him wrong. But Jehovah God, Jesus Christ, has shown us what He requires of us.
First of all, we are to do justly. While we look at this we must remember that this is between yourself and God. It is not about someone else and God. The finger must remained pointed at yourself. We are to never compare our lifestyles and relationship with other peoples’ lifestyles and relationships with God. God does not compare us to others, He only holds us to His specific standards. Thankfully He has not made that a guessing game for us. He specifically says here that we are to do justly. Simply stated we are to do right at all times. We are to never treat others unjustly. We are to be focused on always doing right at all times. We are to run away from sin. The first standard that God expects from all people is to do justly.
Secondly, we are to love mercy. Mercy is something that I have a passion to understand. It is something that I believe Christians have to be defined with having. To be a Christian and to not be merciful is to be living at enmity with God. We cannot expect mercy if we are not giving it either. Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” I will discuss mercy more at a later point and in much more depth. But it is important to note that it is not merely mercy that God expects us to have. God expects us to have the love of mercy in our lives. We do not merely like mercy and giving it. We love mercy. We love being merciful. I believe that the more we do in mercy, the more we are acting like God. And I also believe the more we are acting like Christ-like-ones, a.k.a. Christians. So here we see the second standard that God requires of us: the love of mercy.
Thirdly, God expects us to walk humbly with Him. To walk with God implies a personal relationship with God. This requires us to be believers with Him. So God desires and requires all people to believe in Him. To walk with God shows an intimacy. As a good father loves his son, and grows with him over the years they spend with each other, they bond in their walk through life. So it should be with God the Father. We have the privledge to be able to have a relationship with the God of the universe. It is not only a privledge, but God expects it and requires it. And He gives us the privledge to call Him our Father. We have the ability to call Him our God. It is not just a walk with God, however. It is a humble walk. We are to never live in pride. We are to live with a servant’s heart. We cannot walk with God if we are living in pride, or have a prideful heart. God exalts and lifts up the humble and the meek. We must remain humble in our relationship with God. God requires it.
This is a simple summary of an amazing verse. I will reference it frequently because it is very practical, and very powerful. If we take these requirements seriously, how will that affect our daily lives? How will it affect our attitudes? How will it affect our relationships with others? How will it affect our beliefs and our faith? The Christian life is a daily practice. We must strive to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. God expects it from us daily. So we must die daily to ourselves and to be able to live how God exects us to live. Let that be true for you everyday, as I strive for that as well.