War. Famine. Disease. Poverty. Oppression. Exploitation. Racism. Slavery.
What can we possibly do about all of these injustices? What does God want us to do? The answer might not be as difficult as we try to make it. Micah 6:8 answers the above questions in a very powerful and blunt way: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
It seems like every time we turn on the TV or open up our social media, we are inundated with opportunities to make a difference, to address the social issues of our day, to produce some type of action. It can seem overwhelming because there are so many causes, so many worthy ambitions of being a world changer. Perhaps you’ve heard them too: Feed the hungry. Set the captives free. Rescue the exploited. Educate the children. Befriend the lonely. Do this. Do that. Give this. Give that.
And yet, our God calls us to just one thing. To His thing, which happens to be justice and mercy. He isn’t into the fads or the trends or the causes. Our God is into transformation. He accomplishes this one person at a time as we pursue His justice and mercy, not only for ourselves, but for all those around us.
After we commit to acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with the Lord, an amazing thing begins to happen. His compassion fills our hearts so that we not only see Him working in the lives of others, we actually desire to see Him touching the untouchable, loving the unlovable, and showing His mercy to the unmerciful. We cry out with the prophet: “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-ending stream!” (Amos 5:24)
Let’s take a moment and pray today for God to fill each of us with His heart. Who will He lead us to as we continue to walk humbly before Him?
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