We all want to live the good life, don’t we? The prophets of Scripture gave us plenty of glimpses behind the scenes of what that could mean and look like. What did they show us? God’s nature, His purposes, and His assessments of His people, among other things. In other words, pictures of His Kingdom, His rightness, His goodness and how it should apply to our lives. His will for us as His people is to be like Him. And He is just, merciful, and so, so good. Aren’t you glad?
“He has shown you, O mortal, 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)
The prophet Micah presents a courtroom scene between God and His people. God has a case against those He has called to be like Him. In the midst of this legal drama, the prophet offers a summary statement that begins with a simple fact: The LORD has shown you what is good.
Really? In spite of our tendency to complicate things, we can really know what is good? Yep, and it isn’t so difficult. In fact, it’s really simple – God is good, and everything against His will is bad. That’s all there is to it. Light and darkness. Truth and lies. Good and evil. In confusing times – and the times in which we live and our culture is pretty twisted – it helps to Get Back To Basics.
It’s true that life in this fallen world is textured and layered with complexities. That is why it is essential to remember and anchor ourselves in the basics. God is always good, even when circumstances seem to be giving us a raw deal. His Kingdom culture really isn’t complicated as long as we hold to what we know to be true – His Truth, His Justice and His Mercy. And that has already been revealed, hasn’t it? We can trust the revelation. Because to stand for goodness is to stand with God.
Have a truly good weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who have learned the best way to keep the complexities of life at bay is to embrace the simple life today, and every day.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)