What Does God Want? (The Answer)

He hath shewed 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?

Micah 6:8

In the previous verses, which we looked at yesterday, we found the prophet asking a question of God.  He wanted to know what would please the Lord.  What could we possibly give or do to please God?  Would sacrificing animals or even our children atone for our sin or appease God?  Of course not.  So many people and religions through history have vainly tried to reach God by a series of mechanical rituals.  None of those things will do.  What does God want?  Fortunately, God tells us exactly what He wants in this verse:

“…what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

That is what God wants.  He wants us to “do justly.”  He wants us to do right.  He wants us to obey Him.  There is nothing wrong with that!  We should all be striving to do right all the time.

He wants us to “love mercy.”  I can’t speak for anyone else, but I love the mercy He has shown me.  I love the fact that God, in His great mercy, sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins.  I am thankful that He has mercy on my when I stray from Him and don’t obey Him.  Do we truly “love mercy?”

He wants us to “walk humbly with our God.”  It seems that the issue of pride and humility keeps coming up, no matter where you are in the Bible.  He wants us to be humble, and to remember that He is God and we are not.  And He wants us to walk with Him.  Can you imagine that?  The God of Heaven and Earth wants us to walk with Him!  What an honor!

Many people think that God wants something that is impossible for us to give.  In reality, these things aren’t that difficult.  And they are pretty simple.  Do justly.  Love mercy.  Walk humbly with God.  Let’s do them!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, this is one of my favorite verses. Love it! God talked to me before about loving mercy. . .that it was one thing to love His mercy. But did I love showing mercy to others? Really love to? Did I love it when He showed mercy to someone who had hurt me or others? I had to do some mercy lessons with Him for awhile. 🙂
    God bless you as you “do this” with your God!


  2. Thank you, Ben

    “In reality, these things aren’t that difficult. And they are pretty simple. Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God.”
    I’m trying to live by this verse and His requests.

    God bless you for sharing!!



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