God’s Word Shows Us What Is Good
"It is not that hard to know what is good and bad for us in life. The wise person acts justly, loves kindness, and walks humbly with God daily! God’s Word shows us and serves as our moral compass, regardless of where the journey may take us."
The prophet Micah clarifies from the start that there is no need for us to be confused about what we should do to be considered wise individuals. He walks his reader straight into a simple list of actions and attitudes God requires of everyone willing to ask. I love that God’s Word is a moral compass for anyone willing to pay attention. Where else can you get such a straight answer to what is good in God’s eyes?
First, the wise person recognizes that God requires justice or fairness in treating people. In the Bible, justice means to make right; that is, people ensure that they live in the right relationship with God, one another, and the natural creation. To make right means that constant realignments are made as God’s Word and His Holy Spirit instruct us. Justice is not optional. Justice is required of all people.
Second, the wise person meets God’s righteous requirements by loving-kindness toward others. Kindness is defined as being friendly, generous, and considerate. It extends goodwill to others, and the wise person is compassionate and merciful. To be merciful is to open a hand of help to a person who deserves to be shunned or punished. Indeed, there is a compelling and challenging call for all who desire to do good!