December 31 – We’ve Been Told

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (ESV)

Considering what resolutions you’ll make this New Year? New resolutions? Maybe rerun some for past years? It’s really a guessing game to help us believe we do have a renewed chance get it right. Right? God never conceals His expectations from us. We never have to guess how we should live. In response to the misguided ways in which people still seek to please God, the prophet of God, Micah clearly spells out what God does and doesn’t expect. It’s not the making of resolutions that God expects, He knows we will eventually fail them again. The people Micah addressed were being outwardly religious but inside stinking thinking and acting. These words were Micah’s rhetorical suggestions in hyperbole reflecting their hypocrisy. How about burnt offerings of year-old calves? Maybe thousands of rams, ten thousand rivers of oil. Even go so far as to suggest giving their firstborn to cover their sins. This year perhaps we form our resolutions each day to show justice, to love kindness which is mercy, with humility walk with God. We do not have to make our life in Christ complicated. It is pretty simple how we should live. Let’s resolve to do so.