Micah is one of the minor prophets in the Old Testament. Prophets in general were always about getting the people of Israel to see their actions and words in the light of God's message of love, peace, and mercy. Israel, very much like us, needs to be reminded of this message fairly frequently because it is easy to forget that life isn't just about us. As I read the text this week, my eyes were draw to Chapter 6 verse 8
God has told you, O mortal, 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? (NRSV)
I don't know about you but it reminds me of a hymn, We Are Called. So I went onto Youtube and started looking at different versions, and I found one that was pretty powerful to me. I think it was powerful because of the strength and the conviction of the people singing it.
As I was singing along with the singers, I started to ask myself what each part of this verse means. What does it mean to do justice? What does it mean to love kindness? And how in the world do I walk humbly with God? How would you answer these questions?
As we look at the world we are today, I think many of these things are in short supply. You don't have to look any further than the news you get across your newsfeed. We see violence; we see hunger, we see despair and we often feel powerless to do anything. We are called as Christians to do something about this though. God wants us to do justice in our local communities. Jesus wants us to love kindness and give it to all the people we know, even the people who make us mad. Finally God wants us to take the time and talk to God. God wants us to take the time to pray. God wants us to take the time to listen. God wants us to take the time and be with other people of faith. When we do these things we begin to change. Our world begins to change, and the world begins to be the place it was meant to be. So this week, ask yourself how you can begin to answer the call we have been given by God because we have been called!
Pastor Paul. I hope you find these reflections insightful and help you in your faith journey!