Thursday 26th March
What does God require? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
The above verse comes in a book that maybe is less familiar to us. Micah is one of the eight-century prophets, and in many ways, we don’t know much about him, but like other prophets he was warning the people about their behaviour and its consequences.
In this passage that we read today the prophet, on behalf of God, reminds the people of what God has done for them in the past. It can be a good practice to thank God for those things He has brought you through. The prophet then lists what God wants in return, listing the things He doesn’t want first:
Should I bring an armload of offerings
topped off with yearling calves?
Would GOD be impressed with thousands of rams,
with buckets and barrels of olive oil?
Would he be moved if I sacrificed my firstborn child,
my precious baby, to cancel my sin?
The answer comes back plainly NO. This isn’t what God wants. You know what God wants and it is this: What does God require? To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.
As the theologian Paula Gooder writes: “This plan involves action (to do or practise justice), attitude (to love kindness) and lifestyle (to walk humbly with our God). She says: “In fact, this third category, to walk humbly with God, encompasses the other two. Someone who walks humbly with God will become so much like Him in all their actions attitudes that justice and kindness will flow out of them.”
How amazing would it be if the people of Wigan saw God’s people walk so humbly with their God that we would just reek of justice and kindness. I know it is happening, but could it happen more. What ways are we speaking out for justice? What ways are we living it? How are we showing kindness? There has been much talk of kindness recently, or its lack. How good it would it be if people saw the Church of Wigan as a place of justice and kindness, not so we can point to ourselves , but to the One who we put our trust in, The God who is Just and Kind.
Reflection by Sam Nicholson