What Does the Lord Desire?

Day 356

Prayer for the day

Sing to the LORD and bless his Name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all gods.

Scripture for the day

Micah 6-7, Revelation 13

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

It’s a natural question to ask: what does God want from us? Why can’t we figure out God’s will? Who knows what God wants from us? Many people assume that God has a finely worked plan that requires us to walk to the right or to the left, to do certain things at certain times for fear of damnation. We assume that the reason for the Israelites’ suffering was a lack of knowledge of the will of God. If only they could have figured it out, they would be free, we think. They would be happy.

MIcah seems to categorically reject this kind of thinking, instead saying that what God wants is not slavish adherence to a single path, but to live our lives based on the principles God sets out for us. This means a myriad of permutations and combinations of possibility, so long as those possibilities are typified by just action, a love of mercy, and a walk of humility with God. With these things, the choices we make will be subsumed under the umbrella of God’s will.

John’s visions in Revelation may inspire fear and terror, or they may inspire us to be the kind of people who see the devastation that can be wrought, and who endure and persevere. John calls the people of God to endure patiently and faithfully, so that in doing so, they will remain in the centre of God’s will, the will that calls for faithfulness and endurance.

May we be that kind of people.

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