Journeys in Faith

Keeping The Bible Simple
Pastor Arlin Sanford
Thursday, June 7, 2018
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            Arlin Sanford

Someone once said, “Many people are like Christopher Columbus when to comes to understanding the Bible.”

• He didn’t know where he was going.

• He didn’t know where he was when he got there.

• He didn’t know where he had been when he returned.

While there are some Bible passages that can be somewhat complicated, most are rather uncomplicated. (I believe people, sometimes, have a way of taking something simple and making it complex).

When it comes to responding to God’s will, Micah makes understanding quite elementary. In 6:8, he pens; “He (God) has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (NASB) It really doesn’t get any more uncomplicated then that. The difficulty can come when one endeavors to respond to the exhortation. Let’s look at the three appeals Micah presents.

1. “to do justice.” The author of Psalm 89 states that ‘justice’, along with ‘righteousness’ is the foundation of the Throne of God (vs.14). Simply put, Justice never violates the rights of others. It would never fraud or take advantage of another. It conforms to laws and honesty and integrity. It doesn’t withhold anything that is due to another - even when they do not deserve it.

2. “to love kindness.” In I Peter 2:1-3, he writes that those in Christ have “tasted (experienced) the kindness of the Lord.” Further, Peter (vs.1), emphasizes five things that ‘kindness’ is not: “malice” = hostility, “guile” = cunning or sly, “hypocrisy” = pretender or fake, “envy” = arrogance, jealousy, “slander” = put-down, degrade. It does: contribute to the happiness of others while alleviating their distress, and is benevolent and cheerful.

3. “to walk humbly.” How important is ‘humility? The Book of James records (4:6,10) “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Who wants to be ‘opposed’ by God? I would hope, no-one! James offers God’s remedy by simply stating, “Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord.” James understood that humility will result in lowliness of mind with a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God. Not thinking more highly of themselves than they ought. In II Chronicles 7: 14 Ezra equates humility in prayer to getting God’s attention and experiencing His forgiveness and healing.

Each of these Godly characteristics are challenging, but simply put - reachable; however, not alone. Walking in victory of these qualities is accomplished by “walking in the Spirit.” (Gal.5:18) That would require coming to faith in Christ as Savior, being filled with the Holy Spirit, and yielded to God’s will. I trust this will become a spiritual goal to reach for.