3 Ways to Get closer to God

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I got a journaling Bible recently, one that has pictures in the margins or blank margins you can make your own doodles and notes in. I was glancing through it and saw the first page of Micah. In it’s margin is that book’s most famous scripture Micah 6:8 “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.”

As followers of Jesus don’t we desire to do good? He places that desire in our hearts. When we see stories on TV of people who do good things, become missionaries and go to foreign countries to help those in need during global disasters, they are usually Christians. The media still uses the reference from the Bible of “the good Samaritan.” And charity is a word that is first used in connection with someone doing something kind for others in the Bible.

The second thing God requires of us is to love mercy. Mercy is something we don’t deserve. People in the Bible are always asking God for mercy. Mercy from pain, mercy from sickness, and sin. My kids say I am one of the nicest people they know. Some would say too nice. But again it’s that desire God put in us to do, like Jesus did. Mercy sometimes requires great effort because it may be toward an “enemy” of ours, someone that has done us wrong or been rude to us. It could be letting someone in front of us in the grocery line, or a car in traffic. The best example of mercy on this earth is when a parent or loved one of someone who has been murdered forgives the murderer. It is the one thing that I am sure I would have a hard time doing. But He wants us to do it BECAUSE it is hard. And because it is something He has done for us. God sacrificed His son Jesus for us to save us from our sins BUT WE DIDN’T DESERVE IT. HE DID IT BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Lastly, God requires that we walk humbly with Him. In Gill’s commentary it describes being humble as: “acknowledging (we) can do nothing without him; owning (our) dependence on his grace, and ascribing all (we) have, and are, unto (Him.)” I have found with my children it is especially hard for them to do that. I’m not sure if it is just their generation or all young people but they are definitely independent. Praise God my oldest sons have found wonderful christian women who with prayer (from me and them) have helped lead them back to Christ. But I am still praying for my daughters. Unfortunately, our selfish and material world has a negative influence on them lately. But God is still in control and I am still praying for them. I’m sure it’s my age, wisdom and maturity that assures me it’s only God that gets me through this life. But it’s also the knowledge and experience of all the times God has been present when I needed Him.

Be assured my friends that God is with you and will never leave you! Keep your Bible close and prayer on your lips.

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