Micah 6:6-8 New International Version (NIV)
With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.
In reflecting on this passage from Micah, my mind went in thousand different directions, but I kept coming back to the main point of it all — surrender. God doesn’t want burnt offerings (thank goodness, since I’m a vegetarian!) and He doesn’t want us to give him our firstborn children, though He did test Abraham on that once upon a time. No, God wants us to “act justly,” “love mercy” and “walk humbly” with Him.
What keeps us from doing that? For the first, it’s judging other people. I often find myself struggling with what’s fair and right. For the second, it’s offering forgiveness when you know the person you need to forgive isn’t going to change. And for the last, well, we live in a society where being humble rarely gets you recognition, or power, or the good things in life. Or does it?
As a self-avowed control freak, giving up control to God, and letting His will be my guide is one of the toughest things about walking with Him every day. But, because I believe He is by my side, every day, I can give up that control. I pray daily that I will listen more to His voice, knowing that the truth He speaks is what I need to hear, even when I may not want to hear it. Because, if I do, He will bless me beyond measure.
For more about surrendering to God, listen or read the attached sermon, found on sojo.net, one of my favorite blogs: http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/03/15/sermon-losing-your-life-and-how-jesus-isn%E2%80%99t-your-magical-puppy or listen to this video/song, “I Surrender All:” http://youtu.be/7x2IpLSfqp8
Even Jesus wasn’t able to convince his own disciples that they needed to take up his cross and follow Him. What we can do, is to keep trying.
Prayer: Whatever you ask of me, Lord, I will do, with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. Your living sacrifice makes my life possible. I trust your will, oh God, my strength and my redeemer. May I always remember to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly” with you by my side. Amen.