6 With what shall I come before the LORD
and bow down before the exalted God?
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 thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 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[a] with your God.
God offers us and promises us the best of the best. He promised the Israelites a place in the Promised Land, he offers us now a place in his Kingdom, he offers us peace, love, comfort, protection, and peace of mind. But what is it that he asks of us in return? It is nothing grand; it is not a large price to pay. All he asks is that we act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.
Itís easier said than done, yes, but when it comes down to it, is God really asking for very much compared to what He offers? Thinking about it, the things that he offers as well as what He requires are all to our benefit. I have to remember when life throws me curveballs that I need God and that I need to listen to God, but also that he does not ask much of me, and what he does ask is to my benefit and comes with a great reward.
Lord, thank you for this message. Please help me to keep you in mind and do what I know it is you are asking of me even when itís not necessarily what I think is best or want to do. Amen.