Week 41 Friday

What God Wants

Today’s scripture selection: Micah

Key verse: Micah 6:8

Have you ever asked, especially when feeling like life has been too confusing or demanding, what God wants?

Have you ever been tempted to cry out, “God, just what do you WANT anyway?”

If so – Micah has an answer for you:

“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.”

Sometimes we think it’s all so complicated.

And granted, sometimes deciding exactly what is just or merciful; or just exactly what true humility is can be difficult.

But, challenging or not, the answer is straightforward enough.

No odd, mystical parable to interpret.

No complicated magical ritual to do.

No long series of lessons to learn, at the hands of a great spiritual master.

Just taking simple actions of justice, mercy, and humility – that’s what God wants of us.  It’s how to “walk” with Him – day in and day out.

So, let’s keep it simple.

It may not always be easy.  But it’s what God wants.

And isn’t that enough?

Prayer: Lord, in my daily walk with you; help me to find ever new ways to act justly and with mercy in your name.  And may the glory be yours.  AMEN.

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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