Scripture: Micah 6:6-8

“With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He 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?

Micah, grouped in the Old Testament as one of the twelve minor prophets, gives us these words to ponder about our relationship with GOD. He shares the concerns of his times with prophet peers Amos and Hosea. He writes of his distress over GOD’s people not living their lives in complete connection with their worship. The opening study section in the NRSV Bible states: “Micah condemned religious practice untethered from ethical performance.” Is that Micah telling us in a fancy way that if you are going to talk the talk you had better walk the walk? In this passage of scripture, what stands out here, for me, is the word humbly. Merriam-Webster defines the root word humble as not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive. Ouch! That is not the world we live in, is it? Look at me, see me, hear me – social media, the press, our phones, Hollywood, commercials, the books we read, our music, our chosen commitments – they all tell us that we are the important ones; that we should be seen and heard and praised and acknowledged; that we are in charge and in control! A quick google search to cross-reference Micah 6:8 produces 55 scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments containing the same message as our prophet Micah.

So, as we ‘Journey to Jesus’ this Lenten season, take a moment to step back and reflect on these words of wisdom. How does CHRIST still call us to walk with HIM today? What does HE require of us? Are we any different than the people living at the time of the prophet Micah?

Help us GOD, to walk humbly with YOU; O LORD, hear our prayer.