What Shall We Bring To God?

Scripture Ref: Micah 6: 6-8

With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?…

When you begin to understand the holiness of Almighty God, you know you must worship Him. What could you bring that would please Him? The ancients offered animal sacrifices. For the life they had received, they offered the life of an animal that they were custodians over.

The valuable products of daily life, meat and oil, were offered in thanksgiving and honor to the Great Provider. Some cultures sacrificed their firstborn to be right with God. The God of the Bible said He never asked for that from man. What can we do about our offenses, the sin of our soul? Micah tells the people what they already know. God had shown us what is good. He has shown us His requirements.

The first listed is to act justly. Greed had perverted justice in the legal system and in the business world. The poor were taken advantage of. The second requirement was to love mercy. They had hardened their hearts toward having any mercy, not realizing God was extending immeasurable mercy to them at that very moment. The last requirement was to walk humbly with God. They, in pride, had turned their backs on His laws.

If the people Micah addressed took to heart these simple requirements of God, they would have repented and pleaded for God’s mercy. The change in their lives would have brought about a new lifestyle that reflected God’s attributes. Instead, they went through empty religious rituals.

God requires the same things from us. The only way we could ever walk in justice, mercy, and humbly with God is through the life of Christ in us.

Consider: We often think God is after sacrifice. He is after a heart yielded to Him. That results in acting justly and with mercy and humility. Is your heart yielded to Him?

Fay-Ann Swearing
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God Is Unchanging

Scripture Ref: Habakkuk 1:13, 2:3-4

Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? Habakkuk 1:13

In this passage, Habakkuk reminds himself of God’s holiness. If evil men are devouring those more righteous than themselves, surely God will bring judgment in His perfect time. We may know what God will do, and yet not know the time in which He deems best to act. He may show us clearly in a revelation or in His Word what will come, yet we do not know the day or hour. Many prophets died before their prophecies were fulfilled. God has an appointed time for all things. His timing is unquestionably perfect.

Habakkuk knew God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. He also knew that what is required of the righteous is to live by their faith. That means to go on believing in the character of God regardless of the present conditions or circumstances. This verse is quoted three times in the New Testament. (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38) Live by your faith!

Meditation: Know that God is unchanging and will always be true to His perfect attributes. He will show Himself just, holy, and faithful in His perfect time.

Fay-Ann Swearing

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