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Fair, Just, Merciful, Humble | Kim Chipman
S~ 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. Micah 6:8 (NIV)
O~ My study Bible says: “Israel responded to God’s request by trying to appease him with sacrifices, hoping he would leave them alone. But sacrifices and other religious rituals aren’t enough. God wants changed lives. He wants His people to be fair, just, merciful, and humble. God wants us to become living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2), not just doing religious deeds, but living rightly (Jer 4:4, Heb 9:14). It is impossible to follow God consistently without his transforming love in our hearts.”
A~ It’s been awhile since I’ve sat with You. 13 days to be exact. I’m not sure what my problem is, but I just haven’t done it. I felt guilty for awhile, kind of ashamed…I mean I lead people and have a ministry surrounding daily Bible reading…how is it I can lead people when I’m not doing it myself!? Then I just missed You and needed to be with You, so here I am.
What a beautiful reminder to welcome me back. You don’t want ritualistic behavior. You want my heart. You aren’t disappointed in my wandering. You just want me to return.
We have been watching a documentary series about Scientology. It’s been interesting to learn what it’s about and has opened discussions. It is a shame when people are taken advantage of in a cult like that. Well meaning people who truly want to make the world a better place were used and abused.
I’m thankful for free will and for a God who forces nothing, but draws me towards the best life. You want me to be fair, just, merciful, and humble. To live sacrificially for the honor and glory of Your name.
I love You.
P~ Thank You for who You are and who You created me to be. Help me to live a fair, just, merciful, and humble life. To glorify You. I love You!
Living in the In-Between | Kelley Deases
S~ But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord. I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 (NIV)
O~ Micah sees great wickedness all around him and knows God’s judgment is coming. Yet he determines to watch and wait for God to vindicate the righteous and make Himself known. The same could be said for believers today; we are watching and waiting for God to, once and for all, set it all straight.
A~ So, how do I live in between the crazy, yucky now and that unknown hour when Christ comes again to restore His reign? How do I remain expectant but not discouraged? How do I continue to try to stand for righteousness and not succumb to weariness, compromise or distraction? That same way Micah did all those years ago. Keep my eyes fixed on God and His promises and rely on His strength to sustain me in my walk.
This state of living in the in-between somehow parallels my feelings about the Christmas season. I await with hope and joy my “big kids” coming home from Chicago, lots of family members gathered for games and stories, giving and receiving special gifts, enjoying favorite foods, and letting God speak to me during those times I can steal away and through the powerful worship of a candlelight service. But the “here and now” thoughts inevitably crowd in. There are preparations to make, gifts to buy and work/school projects to complete. But, unlike Micah, my Savior has already come. He lives within me and His Spirit offers me His peace and joy even in the mundane and the chaos and the less desirable tasks surrounding the holiday.
In one sense, I will wait in hope for the perfection of heaven, but in another sense, it has already come. God with us. Emmanuel.
P~ Father, As I fix my eyes and my mind on who You are, bless this Christmas season to my frazzled soul and help me to be a blessing to every person I encounter.
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