Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
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. Micah 6.8
It is true in many areas of life that knowing what is expected of us makes life easier. Our jobs would often be much more difficult, if not impossible to do, if we did not know what was expected of us. Not only adults are affected. Children would find it hard at school if they did not know what the teacher expected of them.
Have you ever contemplated how little we would know about God if the Bible did not exist? Life would be so much more difficult trying to please a god that had not communicated with his followers what he expected of them.
The good news is that God has communicated with man through his word which is contained in the Bible. Because of the writings of Moses, the prophets, and others, we have an accurate account of what God wants us to know. Not only does he want us to know, he expects us to search the Scriptures to discover the truth, Acts 17.30. He wants us to be open-minded and to examine the Scriptures to know what his will is for us , Acts 17.11.
He wants us to imitate his son, Jesus, I Corinthians 11.1. Micah, the prophet could have been describing Jesus in the above verse. Jesus promoted justice, was faithful, and was obedient even when it it brought suffering, Hebrews 5.7-9.
Now there can be a slight problem. Many people have a Bible, but have never opened it to read it. How can one know what is expected of him if he never makes an effort to find out? Jesus has spoken the very words that God told him to speak. We just have to read and believe, John 12.44-50. Are you reading? Do you believe?