Life has a way of being over complicated. Making the right decision isn’t always obvious, whether that decision has to do with relationships, responsibilities or allocating resources, we can get confused. Especially nowadays.
We have all come to a time in our life where we were not sure which path to take. At one time God’s direction was clear. But then things seem like they have changed.
What was once life-giving, seems life-draining. It’s time to do something new.
But what if you are wrong? Perhaps God is calling you to persevere despite the hardship. Or maybe we’ve completed our assignment, and it’s time to move on. Couldn’t God just give us a sign?
Have you ever had a decision where the right choice was not clear?
Did you ever think God had one path for you, and you had to choose rightly or miss God’s best? But more than ever, you realized God wants your heart in the right place, and the way you serve God is secondary.
Throughout history, God’s people seem to always get these two things mixed up.
It is in our nature to want to control things, even God’s approval. There is some comfort in creating rituals and rules; then we always know where we stand in comparison.
Although God certainly established rules for our own good, but God never meant for rules to replace a relationship with Him. He wants us to trust Him rather than trust a set of rules.
Sometimes it can feel impossible to know which one is right for us. We can either over-commit because we want desperately to serve God or under-commit because we can’t make a decision or we have just given up trying.
In the time of Micah, the people’s hearts were far from God. They had created a religion based on rules and rituals that no one could honor. Some people even abandoned God and started to worship idols. But God continually called them back to a relationship with Him.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
Micah told the people that following God was really much simpler than they made it out to be. Micah communicated God’s desire through that prophesy.
Only three things are required: justice, mercy, and humility.
Each of those requirements starts with a loving heart. We won’t act justly if we hold hate or resentment. We will not show kindness and mercy if we seek to only serve ourselves. Remember that a prideful heart will always walk ahead of God.
Could those three conditions apply to us today? Maybe all God is asking us to do is to stand up for what is right … to choose kindness … and to walk closely to God, submitting our will daily.
Perhaps we are making our choices harder than we have to. If we strip away all the man-made rules and all the expectations we’ve placed on ourselves, and if God hasn’t clearly spoken to us, then the only thing that matters is if our hearts are in the right place: Where is the right place exactly? Near God’s heart.
If God pursued the hearts of His children for thousands of years, He is certainly still pursuing ours.
And we won’t find a relationship with God through routine obedience or service. In fact, God sent His Son Jesus so those who believe in Him could have God’s presence residing in them. That is the closest relationship possible with God.
If you are facing a tough choice today that has kept you frozen in making a decision, Let God’s Word encourage you.
Maybe it really is this simple. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God.
Now, the choice is yours.
“Heavenly Father, You have shown me what is good; and what You require of me. You want me to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with You. I will stand up for what is right, I will choose kindness and I will walk close to You, Father. I will submit my will to You daily. Thank You for help from the Holy Spirit Who lives within me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”