Tuesday, November 1, 2011
It's Greek to Me!
One of the clearest verses in the Bible tells us with simplicity what the Lord requires of us. Micah 6:8 reads: "He has told you, O man, 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?" This is not complex or hard to understand but to get the full context we need to look at verses 6 and 7 as well. Micah says: "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 rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" In these two verses, Micah points out, in rhetorical fashion, the absurdity of Israel's ritual and sacrifice by which they hope to earn divine favor. His people do not understand that God's grace is not earned, but it is free.
Going through the motions of worship and doing good deeds does not earn us merit with God. The Lord's grace cannot be bought, earned, or bargained for. It is a gift to be given to whom He will.
We can take the simple faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and make it complicated. For example, there was a period when if I missed having a quiet time, I really felt I had blown my walk with God. It became a hard and fast rule and somehow I reasoned that if I did not do this every day God would not be pleased with me. This is far from the truth! Jesus told us His burden was light and not cumbersome like that of the Pharisees. What we have to remember is that God through Jesus Christ has satisfied the debt for our sins. When we are found in Him, we are forgiven, and He calls us to depend upon Him.
How have you kept your faith simple? I welcome your thoughts and insights. Your words of encouragement minister to me and others who read here. Blessings!