THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
NOT WEARYING GOD
Today’s reading: Micah 6:1-8
At times we gripe against God. We ask for relief from pain
and suffering and He does not take these away. We ask for
things and He does not give them. We are disappointed, we
are angry, we back off from our Christian commitments. But
do we ever think that God might be the One who has a gripe
against us? Indeed. “For the Lord has a case against
his people” (v.2b).
reminds Israel what He has done for them (v.4-5). In the same
way, God has done so much for us. He brought us salvation,
a living relationship with Jesus, better order in our marriage
and family life, a vibrant community life, the privilege of
service. But oftentimes we forget what God has already done
we are focused on what we think is wrong in our lives, insist
that God do something about these, and when He does not act
according to what we want Him to do, we turn away. Oftentimes
we simply become weary with the demands of discipleship.
is perfect, but we are sinful, carnal, disobedient and rebellious.
God should be the one weary about us! But God who is perfect
love is concerned about us, and will patiently, even desperately,
listen to our complaints. “My people, what have I done
to you? how have I wearied you? Answer me!” (v.3). How
do become weary, not because of God, but because of our own
sin. How do we manifest weariness in our Christian life and
We fail to pray and read the Bible everyday.
readily give up on the hard work of improving our difficult
relationships with our spouse and children.
at times get tired of attending households or assemblies.
get discouraged by small harvests in our evangelizing work.
give up on recalcitrant subordinates.
God demands an answer, and, if we are honest, we really have
no answer. God has not failed us in any way. We have failed
ourselves. If we remain faithful to God and to His call, we
should never become weary, discouraged or afraid. Difficulties,
trial, suffering and pain would in fact be prods to greater
holiness and intimacy with God. These will be blessings, not
curses. Rather than wearying us, we should be energized even
God then tells us what we are to do. “You have been
told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of
you.” (v.8a). And what is that? “Only to do justice
and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
tells us to do three things.
we are to do justice. Justice is giving to everyone what is
To God is due worship, and so we should come before Him
to worship Him. We should pray everyday, partake of the
Eucharist at least every Sunday, and participate in community
our brethren is due respect and loyalty. We are not to malign
anyone or engage in gossip. We are to look to mutually caring
for one another.
our leaders in community is due respect and submission.
We should be obedient, handle disagreements in a good way,
not foment dissent, cooperate in moving the life and mission
of the community forward.
the poor is due an equitable share of the world’s
goods. We should live simply so that we can share resources
with those in need.
those who need to meet Christ is due the proclamation of
the gospel, which Jesus entrusts to his disciples and so
we are to evangelize.
Second, we are to love goodness.
are to avoid sin and wrongdoing.
are to grow in holiness and righteousness, and be conformed
in the image and likeness of our God who is good all the
are to live out and be faithful to our covenant in community,
which is actually our covenant with God.
are to do good to others, loving our neighbor as ourselves
and being our brother’s keeper.
We are to work for social justice in the world.
Third, we are to walk humbly with our God.
are not to be self-referential. We are to deny ourselves
and embrace our crosses.
are not to succumb to pride when we are honored for our
work or when we achieve great success in our mission.
are not to seek power or position or prestige in our community,
but when called to leadership are to serve as servants.
then do we come before our God? “With what shall I come
before the Lord, and bow before God most high?” (v.6a).
With burnt offerings, with multiple offerings, with offering
even our children? (v.6b-7). No. Rather, we are to do justice,
love goodness, and walk humbly with our God.
household discussion and sharing:
Do we understand what God requires of us? How do we personally
rate in the bullet points above? Do we weary our God by
not acting in such ways?
(2) Add to the list (bullet points) your own convictions
as to doing justice, loving goodness, and walking humbly.
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