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“Is the Bible relevant today?” This can sometimes be a question we ask ourselves when reading the Bible. So, we compiled Scripture meditations like this one to help see reasons why the Bible is relevant, and to help us connect with God.

 

What Does God Want?

Feeling overwhelmed by tragedy lately? We live in a time where death can seem victorious, greed triumphs over charity, and people made in God’s image are used, abused, and forgotten. It seems like every day, the burden of brokenness grows heavier.

Sometimes it feels like we’re in over our heads. There’s too much work to be done, and we can’t do it alone. We begin to lose hope and feel defeated because we can’t speak into every debate or cause. The pressure’s too great, and the time and resources are too little.

Thankfully, God doesn’t ask us to do it all. Nor does he ask us to do it alone. What does he ask us to do in the face of a broken world? The prophet Micah shows us God’s perspective on our role in restoration:

Micah 6:6-8

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 with your God.

Observations from the Text

  • We should consider what God actually wants from us (v 6)
  • Our gifts don’t have to be extravagant (v 7)
  • God values justice, mercy, and humility (v 8)
  • God walks alongside us as we seek him (v 8)

Prayers of Response

God, when I think about the issue of_______, I feel helpless. Please give me rest as I commit this to you.

Merciful Father, thank you for walking beside me as I navigate a broken world. Your presence is a guide and comfort.

Prayer Requests

Good Shepherd, teach me to walk humbly with you.

Help me to help others with the resources you’ve given me, and to trust you to fill in the gaps.

Prayers of Readiness

God who cares, Show me one thing I can do to bring justice to the issue of________.

When I feel overwhelmed with ________, remind me that you walk beside me and lead me according to your purposes.

 

Turning to Scripture in times of hardship or when you’re in need of guidance is a great way to connect with God in the ordinary, extraordinary, everyday moments of life. Visit this page for more Scripture meditations.

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