Weekly Meditation: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
I must admit, I do not regularly visit the Book of Micah during my personal devotions or bible studies. However, I was blessed this morning by how the Lord spoke to me through this particular scripture. For the last few months, the Lord has essentially said the same things to me: What are you going to do? Are you truly going to trust me with your life and the things that I desire for you? What are you willing to sacrifice, so that my desire for you can be paramount in your life?
It is no coincidence that we are discussing Elisa Morgan’s book entitled, “She Did What She Could.” I believe that in the present situations of economic hardships, natural disasters, world news, American politics, and celebrity worship, God is looking for people who will truly stand firm on the foundation of the Holy Bible, and those who will stand up to proclaim that he has all power to change our hearts and this world that we live in.
Please take a few minutes to view the video reference below. It is worth thirteen minutes of your time, trust me:
Click to watch video of Sharon Cohn-Wu at Urbana
Sharon Cohn-Wu, Vice President of Justice Operations in International Justice Mission addresses college students at the 2006 Urbana Conference
Now is not that time for people who are only concerned about what is going on in their own homes, their neighborhoods, or their office cubicles. Now is not the time for people who are comfortably warming church pews all across this country and denying the power of the very God that is being preached. Does God care about us and our daily struggles and situations, “Yes, be encouraged that he most certainly does.” On a much grander scale, however, God wants to open our eyes so that we see our situations and struggles from his prospective. Having his prospective sometimes requires difficult situations to get our attention, or move us to places where he truly reveals his desires for our lives. His ultimate desire is for us to better understand him so that we can see the world as he does, and have compassion for the things that are important to him. Now is the time for people who love the Lord to stand up and take action.
Everyday it takes great courage to see beyond our own concerns and limited expectations and to focus on what God is doing and how he wants to use us in the world. Do you have that kind of courage?
Concerning the International Justice Mission, there are ways for you to get involved: http://www.ijm.org/getinvolved
What does God require of you? When he considers who will respond to the courageous call to seek justice, love tenderly, and walk humbly as we take his message to others, will you answer: “Here I am, Lord. Send me!”