Scripture: “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Observation: The prophet Micah is in the process of making a case against Israel. The people have turned and sought other gods and are guilty of punishment. He has many verses that speak of the destruction and ruin that has been caused by their sins (6:13). He also makes it clear that the Lord is not pleased with sacrifices. Not 1000 rams or 10,000 rivers of oil (6:7). What the Lord requires is a heart dedicated to Him.

Application: I refer to this verse as my “life verse.” It summarizes what I consider to be my personal mission statement. And it encapsulates well what it means to have a heart dedicated to the Lord. The Lord wants us to act in love toward our neighbor and do what is right. He wants us to have heart full of mercy and forgiveness. And he wants us to walk humbly before Him. This is not just so that he can gloat over us in His power, but because humility is the best way to live. One who is humble recognizes that it is the Lord who has all the power, vision, and authority. One who is humble is not given into and derailed by the temptations of pride. One who is humble will always walk closely with the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, help me today, to renew my passion for your mission. Give me a heart of forgiveness, and one that loves your justice. May I ever walk humbly next to you. Amen.