Tucked away into the book by the minor prophet Micah is one of my favorite verses, and one that should command our study and compliance.
“He hath shewed thee O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of three but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”
Micah was actually speaking to Israel, but the words and thoughts are just as valid for us today. The first two commands, to do justly and to love mercy, are what we do to each other, and could be described as the foundation of God’s character. Micah also put justice before mercy.
The third part of the verse is a description of the heart’s attitude toward God. To walk with God does not mean to walk before or after Him, but to walk beside the Creator in faith — as did Enoch in Genesis, and as is certified in Hebrews. As we walk humbly with our Father, let us acknowledge our sins and submit to his mercy and forgiveness.
Speaking as someone who has shed youth for age, I believe that as we age, it becomes more imperative that we follow the commands of this verse, and in so doing, it recommends our religion and Christian walk to others. Our lives should be lived as a witness to the saving grace of the Lord. May this be our prayer, not only through the Lenten season, but through all of our days.
O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame
A light to shine upon the road
That leads us to the Lamb.
So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.
William Cooper, 1772