What can we bring to the Lord? What kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves?Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:6-8
The prophet Micah spoke a message to the nation of Israel concerning their coming future and how it included their exile into Babylon and their subsequent return to occupying the land of Israel. In his message, the prophet asked the people what kind of offering or sacrifice could he or any of his people bring before the LORD in order to appease Him and receive forgiveness of sins? He even went so far as to ask if sacrificing their children would accomplish this task! Then he bluntly but succinctly and humbly answered his own question under inspiration from the Spirit of God – “NO!” Micah then noted that God showed the people how to come before Jehovah – doing what is right, loving mercy, and walking humbly before God.
Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What can I do to please God?” or “What must I do to earn God’s mercy?” Well, I am sure most people, if not all of us, have done so at one time or another. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing we can do to earn being rescued from ourselves, our sins, and our appointed destruction in our own power. We can’t do enough good to outweigh the very sin with which we were born (Ps. 51:5), but we must instead accept the gift of salvation by grace through faith in the Spirit of God because of the work Jesus did on the cross. For it is written, God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Eph. 2:8-9).
Instead, we can do the one thing that David taught us in the psalms after he had murdered a man and taken that man’s wife as his own following an act of infidelity with her. David wrote, You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (Ps. 51:16-17) Thus, the only thing we can bring before God is our broken, repentant heart before God. We have to realize within ourselves that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Why? Because even the apostles realized that they couldn’t save themselves after hearing him speak to a prince of Israel, to whom he’d told to sell everything and then come follow him. In fact Jesus said it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter heaven. This statement astonished the apostles and asked, Then who in the world can be saved? (Mark 10:26) Jesus looked at them intently and replied, Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God. (Mark 10:27)
Therefore, if you are struggling with things in your life and wondering how to be rescued from them, quit trying to solve them alone. Instead, humble yourself and go to God and ask Him to save you. You can establish a personal FRIENDSHIP with God, the Creator of the universe, by simply believing in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with your mouth, Jesus is LORD! (Romans 10:9) We have to approach God with a broken heart and realizing that we are in need of Him to fix, which we can’t do ourselves, for Zechariah revealed to us, It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. (Zechariah 4:6) Humble yourself before God, trust in Him, accept His gift of eternal life through Jesus (Romans 6:23) and and watch Him turn your life around.
Father, help me to remain humble before you and to trust in you always. I cannot live this life alone. I need you in my life as my Father, my Friend, my Counselor, and constant Companion. I couldn’t even imagine living this life without you let alone living for eternity without you. I love you, Sir, and ask that your will be done and not mine. My heart is forever broken before you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.