He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
The Lord has told you, ·human [T O man], what is good; he has told you what ·he wants [the Lord requires] from you: to do what is ·right to other people [just], love ·being kind to others [mercy; lovingkindness], and ·live humbly, obeying [walk humbly with] your God.
Something to reflect on this morning. Sometimes religion complicates what God requires of us. To give an example God gave Moses 10 commandments, however, Jewish law added over 700 including one to not spit on the ground. Jesus said in Matthew 15:6 You ignore God’s commands in order to follow your own teaching. Many times in scripture we see Jesus deliberately breaking the commandment of man, in order to prove a point. He healed people on the Sabbath. He spat on the ground and made clay to apply on the blind man's eyes. Even when he was 13 and left at the temple, he discussed scripture with the Rabbi. Solomon in his wild quest for happiness concluded in the book of ecclesiastes Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Also Proverbs says that the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Just a short write up this morning to encourage you to keep the simplicity in following Christ. The more we rely on our self righteousness, the more complicated it is to follow God. God is good and His mercy endures forever. Psalm 46:10 says Be still and know that he is God. One version says cease striving and recognize that he is God. We as people tend to strive. We strive to get up in life. We strive for our livelihood. We can fall into the error of striving for our acceptance with God. God says stop striving and trust me. We need to trust God for our salvation, justification, our righteousness, our peace and everything. God said to Moses, I Am. He is our everything. All that we are and all that we have and all that we do, we owe to Him. The Bible says Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. In Hebrews it says that He staggered not at the promise of God, despite not being able to fulfill it on his own strength. He believed that what God had promised He is able to accomplish. In closing, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and He will direct your path. His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. He will perfect that which concerns me. Amen