He has told you, human one, what is good and
what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
Throughout the book of Micah, the prophet warns that God’s judgment will come to the people for their errant ways. Micah’s words speak of the misuse of land and money and how God wants God’s people to react to the injustices of the world by offering justice and mercy. It is through this short Old Testament book that Micah’s prophecy will swing back and forth from warning the people to the profound hope found in foretelling the coming of a messianic king.
The Messiah will be from the house of David, born in Bethlehem, and one who will rule over and save Israel and the world (See Micah 5:2). Nearly eight hundred years before the birth of Jesus, Micah’s words provided warnings about loving mercy instead of money. It will also be about the hope of the coming messiah who will rescue and rule the world and show us the way.
However, it is the words and actions from Micah 6:8 that resonate for so many. Many people return to this scripture as the words that define their calling in the world. Perhaps the most prophetic nature of Micah’s call is that it will become Christ who will show us just how to live out these words despite all challenges. If ever there is scripture that rings in one’s ears, it is the words found in Micah 6:8 that remind us of such simple truths.
Personally, I like to remember a mnemonic device that helps me recall Christ’s calling to emulate his life. In another version of this scripture, the word “mercy” is substituted for kindness. With this, notice that these words with actions are now in alphabetical order leading up to the word “walk”. Then the scripture reads: …”do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with Our God.” Now we just have to remember the Messiah’s example of how we are to walk in this world. In a world of strife and missteps, it is comforting to hear an ancient voice that reminds us that living God’s way has always been about living out these simple truths.
by Barbara Carlson
For Pondering & Prayer
What scripture do you feel most speaks to you about God’s calling to your life?
I thank God that Christ is that example of how we are to walk in this world. Today, may we all thank God for showing us the way through the words of the prophet, Micah. Amen.