“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?”
It is no easy task for some people to get a job. It is not that there are no jobs out there, but the requirements for each open position may not fit in your abilities. When an employer lists the position’s requirements, they are saying that you must have these in order for them to consider hiring you.
God asks a pointed question in the verse above, “O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee…” God rhetorically asks man what He requires of them. The word “require” means the demands or what God insists that you do. These requirements that God insists that you have is unreasonable; on the contrary, they are requirements that any person can do. Let me talk about God’s three requirements for every person.
First, God requires that you “do justly.” To do justly means to do what right requires. God requires the believer to do right, and He expects you to do whatever it takes for you to do right. This means you may have to forego your own desires so that you can do right. It may mean that you have to lose friends in order to do right. It also may require you to go through ridicule or persecution to do right, but God requires you to “do justly.” God gives no excuse for doing wrong. Sometimes, for you to do right, you must allow others to do you wrong so that you can do right. Nobody ever said that doing right didn’t come without a cost, but you can rest at night knowing that you pleased God’s requirements when you did right.
Second, God requires you to “love mercy.” Two things are implied with this requirement. First, you must have mercy before you can love mercy. Second, God wants you to love being merciful. There is a difference between being merciful begrudgingly and love being merciful. When you do right at all costs, there will be times when others wrong you, and God wants you to love being merciful to those who have wronged you. You may have the right to hurt someone, but being merciful says that you will exercise mercy and restrain yourself from hurting them. Mercy is not applying the just recompense of one’s hurtful actions when you have the power to do it. Instead, God requires you to be merciful and love being merciful even when judgment has to be exercised.
Third, God requires you to “walk humbly” with God. You can’t walk humbly with God until you are first walking with God. Moreover, it is hard to love mercy unless you are walking with the God of mercy. However, you must be careful that you stay humble as you walk with God. The reason God says to “walk humbly” with Him is because when you walk with Him, you will discover His blessings. Thus, you must be careful about being filled with pride or with having a haughty spirit that thinks you are better than others because of God blessing you for doing right. God’s blessings don’t exist in your life because of you, but they exist in your life because of God. Don’t get so focused on the blessings that you feel you are the source of your own blessings.
Let me ask you; are you fulfilling God’s requirements in your life. It is a choice to do these requirements, but this choice starts by going through the list in reverse order. Fulfilling these requirements always start with walking with God in His Word, in prayer, and in service. You cannot please God with your life unless you do His requirements.