Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Will the Lord accept a thousand rams, or ten thousand streams of olive oil? Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion, my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God. Listen! The Lord is calling to the city! It is wise to respect your authority, O Lord! Listen, O nation, and those assembled in the city! Micah 6.7-9
God does not leave us in the dark about what he wants. He is very clear in his word. However, we are not convicted of that fact nor at times do we want to listen to what he has to say. We tell ourselves that is does not matter what we do, we will be accepted since he is a loving God. We go through the rituals thinking that is enough when we could not be further from the truth. God does not want ritual worship. The good thing is that for the one who is truly interested, God has told us what he wants. He is the source of all that is good. He has told us what he wants us to do. He wants us to promote justice. I need to live making choices that are right, correct. He wants me to be faithful. I must live out my faith believing in the one who makes that possible. Finally I must live obediently before God. He has put everything within my reach. It is all there in his word. I must make the effort to learn what his will is and obey it. I must respect his authority. Micah the prophet made this appeal hundreds of years ago to God’s people. It is an appeal that we still need to make today.