Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Been thinking (to the chorus of "oh, no, not again").....The prophet Micah spoke these words in 6:8..."He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Seems lately everywhere I turn that verse appears and it invades my thoughts and my dreams. Sermons have been preached and devotions are repeating the cry. God is trying to tell me something. At these times, it is best to listen.
Have you ever asked yourself what is just? What does it mean to do justly? What does justice look like? God has the defining answer...the only answer that is acceptable in His sight. We may think we have it, but do we really? I am finding God's justice is not always what humans practice. There are times God's justice seems harsh to our human sensibilities, but at other times our justice is harsher than anything God would mete out in the same situation. Which brings us to mercy.
Grace is getting what we don't deserve....mercy is not getting what we do deserve. God is so awesome in this department. (Awwww, darn, I don't get to hit back?) Proverbs says love covers a multitude of sins, but we are so determined to make the sinner pay for what they did. Beloved. that is God's province, not ours. We are called to love the sinner, although not the sin.
Humility....hearing a lot about that. If we think we have it, we don't. It takes a servant's heart to really be humble...to put other's first. But, it also takes a lot of love; God's love within us to truly be humble and able to walk humbly with our God. It just isn't in us without Him.
So, I will continue meditating at my kitchen window on justice, mercy, and especially humility for a time...as God leads....


Michelle said...

Glad to see you finally made another post... lol. Maybe you'll get the bug and see this as an outlet to your thoughts... almost like a journal. You can say as much or as little as you like. Share whatever you desire...

Love ya,

The McNeill family said...

Hi Karen! I hope you'll write another blog soon! If you'd like to peek at our blog, it's

Thank you for all your precious help in the nursery on Sunday mornings! You are such a blessing!