“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?”
Micah 6:6 (NIV)
“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)
Often, when we go to a friend’s home for dinner, we bring flowers or some other small gift as a token of thanks for the evening’s entertainment. Micah asks a question about what a sinner should bring to the Lord as an offering of thanks for God giving him some of His valuable time. It is a good question to ask ourselves today. What is an acceptable offering for sinners to present to the Holy One of Israel?
Micah’s point is that there is nothing we can bring to the all sufficient God we serve. He needs nothing from us. We cannot help Him in any way. If the truth were known God is utterly complete without us. He existed in eternity all by Himself.
God does not need us but He wants us. That is infinitely better. Certainly it is good to feel needed in a relationship but to feel wanted is the best aspect of any human or spiritual relationship. When our children are small they need us and that gives us pleasure to supply their needs. However, when they are grown and self-sufficient and they desire to come home and spend time with us that is the richer aspect of the matter.
Loneliness comes when we feel unwanted, rejected. Just ask any man or woman who has had their spouse run off with another person. To be unwanted is an extremely painful place to live. Popularity with our loved ones, on the other hand, is heaven itself.
This is what makes the words of Jesus so precious in John 17:24 (NIV)
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am…”
What God wants from us is our hearts, our love, our affection. This is precious in His sight. So come to the God Who made you today and pour out your love for Him. Remind Him of how you delight in His faithful way with you. Thank Him for loving you and choosing you before He spoke a creative word. Speak with all the superlatives you can. Make your adoration of Him as beautiful as sincere as possible.
God has done the best thing in asking from us our hearts. Joyfully and with enthusiasm worthy of our Father in heaven confess to Him your love, praise, thanks, and delight in His company. Let Him know today that you not only need Him but, even better, you want Him. He is waiting to hear from you. Do not keep Him waiting.