“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8, NKJV).
As I travel and meet with people in a variety of settings, the one question I hear more than any other is, "What does the Lord want me to do?" While most people who ask this question are typically looking for some specific answer about some specific issue or decision -- the answer God gives tends to be more comprehensive.
The prophet Micah illustrates this better than anyone else. "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" In other words -- whatever you decide to do with your life, and wherever that decision may take you -- be sure it contains these three things.
#1 -- DO JUSTLY. This means that we are to see that justice is done, when it is within our power to do so.
Micah was a peasant prophet speaking up to the civil powers that ruled in Jerusalem. It is noteworthy that "the justice issue" is always raised from below, not from above. In other words, those in power never see a need to change anything—they like it the way it is.
The Bible says, “The Lord does what is right and fair for all who are oppressed” (Psalm 103:6). As followers of Jesus, we will do the same. What does the Lord want you to do? He wants you to see that justice is done in situations where you have a voice to speak, and power to exert.
There may be some things that are in fact beyond your reach, things you truly can do nothing about. But for those things that are before you, and within the scope of your influence -- there the Lord wants you to do what is just, right and fair.
That's one thing the Lord wants you to do; tomorrow we will look at another.