"I just don't know what to do!"
"I don't understand what God wants from me, from us!"
"I wish He would spell it out for me."
Well short of actually getting an email saying exactly what to do God has, indeed, told us what He wants from us. It isn't a huge laundry list of things to not do but simply this...
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
Here I am in the middle of a week of so much and this morning I read this. I need this like I need water, sunlight, love and grace. I ache for this. I'm weeping for this.
He has showed you. I'm almost through reading my Bible and you know what? He has showed me! God has showed me what is good.
What does God need from us? He doesn't NEED anything from us. He requires us, as His children, to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.
As a Mama struggling with a plateful of life's stuff with a side order of chaos and stress this was fresh, cool water on my hot brow. This was a promise already kept and an assurance.
Act justly - when being tried by a stubborn, brilliant and hurting little boy this can be so hard. The easy way, the heavy hammer, isn't just. But being just doesn't mean giving in either. Act justly.
Love mercy. Not anything else but love mercy. Mercy can be easy on the surface and we can feel pretty smug too but to love mercy is to live it, to be it. That's a 24/7 gig. That isn't a free pass or a pat on the head.
Walk humbly with our God. Not running ahead shouting over our shoulders, "lead me Lord!" and not dragging behind like reluctant desert wanderers. Walk humbly with our God. With, together, side by side, holding hands and looking at each other.
Those three things, three things, are so simple sounding and yet I'm convinced I could spend my whole life working on them and still wouldn't get to success on my own. Three things and the last one is the key - walk humbly with our God. With your God. Humble. Not prideful for your mercy or justness. Without Him there is no mercy or justness. Without God we have nothing good.
Tonight, as we close another stressful day I'm humbled that God is so with us that we can pray together, love together and that being a just Mama and a Mama who loves mercy showed a little boy how we can walk humbly with our God.
Thank you Lord for your kindness, goodness and mercy!