Micah 6:6-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
What God Requires
6 “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”
Reflection by Krista Forbes
How should we come before to God?
This passage presents questions that believers have always had, “How do I come before God?” This question has kept people out of church, off life’s purpose track and away from their destiny. This singular question has caused more stress and anxiety in those whose hearts genuinely long for God.
For so long, people have developed a laundry list of ‘things to do’ in order to come to God or even come to church. They want to “get right” or they will go to church when they “find something to wear.” None of the superficial things matter to God, only that you come. God requires that you bring your heart and that you bring your soul. God wants you to bring the desire to experience true forgiveness, true love and true acceptance that can only be given by the One Creator. Those are the things that outweigh and have a higher value than the things that have been collected.
This text reminds me of an old hymn Just As I Am by Charles Elliott (1789-1871). Out of the five verses, I think verse 4 can be applied to this text: “Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; Sight, riches, healing of the mind, Yea, all I need in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come! I come!
Dear God, as I go about my daily life, I can admit that I am not worthy of your blessings yet you still bless me. I am not really sure what you require of me, but I am so grateful that your word instructs us all and encourages me to come to you in the middle of having so much doubt. I am learning how to do that, even though I am poor in spirit and blinded by uncertainty which causes fear. I must learn to trust you even more. I must bring my troubles to you. I must leave what I think I know and what others say behind me, and I must come to you. Thank you God for being there to receive me, just as I am. Amen.