*What does God require of us? Upgraded lessons by this title have been added to the Old Paths Archive.
Wat vraagt God van ons?
This lesson is from Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
On our final grade 12 examination in English composition in Saskatchewan the question was asked: “What is your goal in life?” I used this passage as a theme and explained that to obey this passage was my goal in life.
Everyone in Saskatchewan wrote the same official final examinations. I failed composition, which meant that I would also fail the year! Fortunately, one could have papers re-graded by a different person, so such was requested. When the paper was regraded, the grade was 50% higher, and I passed!
Since that question was an important part of the examination, I wondered if the first grader might have been prejudiced against my having a religious goal in life. In any case, I was extremely relieved when the new grade came back! And Amos 6:8 has continued to be my goal in life through the years.
Sometimes a little prayer can make a big difference in one’s life. I remember two such prayers.
When I was about 15 at Radville Christian College, walking to town across the train trestle and through the train yards in the dark on the way to services in town, I remember praying: “Lord, whatever You want me to do in life, I am willing to do it.”
Some five years later, I remember praying, “Lord, please help me use the abilities you have given me to your glory.”
Those two prayers have been guiding forces in my life. I am thankful for God’s gracious help along the way, and I pray that He will give me the strength to be faithful to those resolves until I die.
The many prayers of others have been immensely helpful and are greatly appreciated. A sister once told me that her husband, who had passed away, had met me one time some thirty years previously and that he had prayed for me every day since then until his death. How grateful I was to that brother whose name I did not even know!
Thank you for your prayers on our behalf!
And may the Lord bless you!
Your brother in Christ,