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. Micah 6:8 (NIV)
Sometimes we get more complicated with our New Year’s resolutions than we need to. This year, consider the advice of Micah, prophet of God, who speaks God’s very words to us.
For God has shown us what is good and what is required:
To Act Justly
- Help me, Lord, not to play favorites, but to treat difficult folks with the same standard I accord to easy-going individuals.
- Show me causes worth supporting, where godly people are working toward justice for those who are oppressed.
- Guard my mind when I am tempted to take shortcuts for my own benefit … on taxes or undertipping a waiter or not reporting a mistake made in my favor when shopping. Keep me scrupulously fair with others, living above reproach.
- Help me to confess when I am wrong, never letting another receive blame for my actions—even when no one would know. For You, dear Lord, would know.
To Love Mercy
- Help me to show mercy to those who need it most, whether they are easy to love or not.
- Remind me, when I drive, to willingly allow other drivers to enter my lane, to be gracious to those who seem to be in a hurry, believing the best of them, to offer my parking space to the one so eager to take it from me.
- Remind me of Your mercy to me when I want to hold on to bitterness or unforgiveness.
- Give me eyes to see the “why” behind perceived hurts and wounds from another’s words.
- Show me who needs extra kindness, and give me the grace to pour out love on them.
To Walk Humbly With Your God
- Lord, I want to walk with You this year, yoked with You, to do the work You’ve chosen for me. Keep me in step with You.
- Show me when my pride and self-centeredness are getting in the way of listening to You and seeking Your wisdom.
- Help me to know You more and more, so that I become less and less the center of my thoughts and actions, and You become my focus and my joy!
- Remind me, Lord, that You are “mine.” My God, who chose me … who loves me despite knowing all about me … who wants me to be His.
This year, let me walk with You.
You are loved,
Sweet Selah Ministries
To encourage a movement away from the belief that “busy is better”
and toward the truth that stillness and knowing God matter most—
and will be reflected in more effective work and service
To offer resources and retreats that help women pause (Selah)
and love God more deeply as they know Him more intimately (Sweet)