December 16: “The Christian’s Journey Simplified”

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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Then, prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

Micah 5:1–7:20
Revelation 7:1-17
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 30:5-6

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Then, consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Micah 6:8 (NLT): “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.”

Reflections from Scripture:

Micah 6:8 makes things very easy. Through His prophet Micah, the Lord told us what He desires from us.

Of course, we can never limit our understanding of how we must live to one verse. Yet, Micah 6:8 is worthy of our serious reflection. Determining to live by the principles in this verse, relying upon the Lord’s grace to do so, will move us farther along on the road to happiness and holiness.

Micah 6:8 (NLT): “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.”

“Do what is right”

Determine to live according to the truth of God’s Word. Stand up for what is right. That which is wrong must be punished, and righteousness must be celebrated.

“Love mercy”

Focusing solely on justice can make us harsh. We can become a legalistic Pharisee. 

So, the Lord wants us to add the attribute of mercy. Be gentle and caring with others. Help and serve others. 

Realize that if we aren’t aware of our own sin struggles, we will be like the Pharisees who were ready to stone the adulterous woman to death. In that situation, the only One who had a right to stone the woman was the only One who refused to do so.

“Walk humbly with (our) God”

The previous two attributes focused on life around us. Now, we are told to focus on the relationship above us.

We are to walk with our God, which simply means that we are to live the moments of our day with a conscious awareness of His presence as we depend upon Him. We are inviting Him into the moments of our days. But, we do so humbly. We acknowledge His supremacy and submit to His authority over us.

So, friend, why not reflect on Micah 6:8 today? Ask God to help you live out the principles found within it.

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, living for You can sometimes seem impossible, yet it is so simple. One thing is clear – I cannot do it on my own. I need You to provide the desire and strength. But, for my part, I determine today that I will do what you have required in Micah 6:8. I pray this in Your Name, Amen.


Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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