Thursday, July 16, 2009

A "Simple" Challenge

I've been going through a chronological reading of the Bible this year, and it's been interesting to see how this amazing book flows together. I've also enjoyed running into verses that have encouraged or affirmed or convicted in the past--and which do the same yet again.

One such verse is Micah 6:8. You may be familiar with it.

He has shown you, O man [or woman!], what is good;
But to do justly,
To love mercy [some translations say "kindness"],
And to walk humbly with your God.

Sometimes, after years of walking with the Lord and desiring His will and His plan, I still wonder what I should be doing for Him. Should I give more of my time, talents, and treasures? Should I volunteer at the local skilled nursing facility? Should I mentor more?

I get caught up with what I should be doing.

Then I read--again--a verse like this, and God reminds me. All He wants for me is:
  • To "do justly"--follow His commandments
  • To "love mercy"--be kind and merciful to others
  • To "walk humbly" with Him--acknowledge that He is sovereign and give Him honor, praise, and worship

It's pretty simple--or so it seems. But really, the human side of me doesn't always want to be kind or humble.

So I'm convicted again. Am I willing to take up this "simple" challenge? I pray I am. I pray you are as well.