Today’s readings show some of the situations, that those seeking to serve God acceptably may encounter on life’s journey. Our ‘destination’ is to have a fulfilling relationship with our Creator through His Son, who is the architect of the new creation, for “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15). Our ultimate destination is, through his grace, to experience the wonder of that relationship in His kingdom.
In Job this godly man is struggling to overcome his depression. “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose” (10:12,13). Some of us may be in a similar situation, our lives full of difficulties like Job, but gradually Job’s vision of God’s ultimate purpose with him becomes clear. This is an inspiration for us, especially for those struggling with problems that seem really large.
The prophet Micah lived in an ungodly world where the “inhabitants speak lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth” (6:12). Has not our world become like this? So the prophet’s words in verse 8 are appropriate counsel for all believers to take to heart: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Those who are conscious of the all-seeing God will take these words to heart. No one today thinks of living “humbly” and this attitude influences us.
To counteract this influence we must let James’ words affect us! “Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” (2:5). It is increasingly clear, however, that all too many are influenced by false values. It was happening then in the final years of the nation of Israel – and it is happening now in the final years of the Gentile nations of the world. Let us, who read God’s word every day, renew our efforts “to walk humbly” appreciating the wonder and privilege of our relationship with our Saviour and his God.