What Doth The Lord Require? - T.Smith

Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
I like to believe that all of us would like to know just what the Lord requires of us. The Old Testament prophet Micha, by inspiration, gives an answer to this most important question.

God requires more than action (Micah 6:6-7). Proper sacrifices are not measured in quantity alone. Our sacrifices for the Lord must come from the heart. External action without the involvement of the inward man is not what God requires. Our Lord said, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8). Samuel rebuked King Saul, “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams” (1 Samuel 15:22). We can “go through the motions” of worship, yet it will not please God unless it is done with the proper attitude. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God requires that a proper attitude be coupled with proper actions.

God requires that men do justly (Micah 6:8). To do justly is to act in an appropriate way. To always do that which is right in the sight of God. God requires that we treat all men in a godly manner never mistreating any man. The apostle Paul emphasized this attitude in 1 Thessalonians 2:10, “Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe.”

God requires that we love mercy (Micah 6:8). Notice the passage requires that we not simply SHOW mercy, but we are to LOVE mercy. The idea is that when motivated by love mercy will be genuine and meaningful. When we demonstrate Biblical mercy, we can expect to receive mercy (James 2:13).

God desires that we walk with Him (Micah 6:8). To walk humbly with God means that we recognize His authority and are willing to submit to Him. Walking with God is a difficult task for many in today’s world. Great men of faith have “walked with God.”   Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:24) because he pleased God. The way to Heaven is attained when we walk with God.
God requires obedience with the proper attitude.
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