A New Year, A New Beginning

Micah 6:8 ” He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

As we begin a New Year, let us first look to the Old Testament.  There we find, through the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Micah asking a question of each of us, “What doth the Lord require of thee…?”  Oh, how our heart is calmed and how our anxious nature finds peace to realize that God does not require us to strive toward some unattainable goal, but to follow a calm, steady, humble, obedient, faithful walk with Him.  How do we do this?
Let us observe a few examples from the Scriptures, that we would all do well to follow.  As we glance through the Old Testament we first see Abraham. His faithful obedient walk with God made him “the father of many nations,” Genesis 17:5.  We women should also cast our eye upon Sarah, Abraham’s wife. The Bible says she called her husband “lord.”  That requires humility.
Next, our search stops at Moses, for he was called the “meekest” man on the face of the earth. Numbers 12:3.  Also, remember Hannah; she proved her faithfulness in keeping her promise to God when she gave her child, Samuel, back to the Lord.  I Samuel 1:24.
 Ezra is such an inspiration for the Bible says of him ” Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord, and to practice it and to teach His statues and ordinances in Israel.”
 Then as we read on in the book of Daniel, it’s obvious Daniel did not seek greatness, but through his unrelenting obedience God used him greatly.  Daniel 6:10, “he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God.” 
In the New Testament Luke tells us about Zachariah and Elizabeth.  They lived a life of service to the Lord: Zachariah as a priest and Elizabeth, his wife, a woman sometimes scorned for being childless.  But that was all according to God’s plan to bring about the birth of John the Baptist.
If you are not familiar with these people, then I hope these brief descriptions has wet your appetite to travel through the Bible as this New Year begins and diligently commit yourself to reading God’s Word starting with these great examples.  For these people are wonderful models for us to pattern our lives after and to strive to “do justly, and to love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.”
 Of course, our greatest example is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, to Whom we should all strive to be obedient first and foremost.  And Isaiah 22:17-18 sums up the results of such obedience when he says, “And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever.”
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About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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3 Responses to A New Year, A New Beginning

  1. V.C. says:

    Reminds me also of theme verse for the TREK this AWANA year: Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.If you have no time for the Bible in the morning this motto might help: “No Bible, no breakfast. It’s not time. It’s taste.” John Piper


  2. Janet says:

    Thanks for this great reminder….. Like your new picture!


  3. Beth R. says:

    Great examples from God’s Word of those who walked with the Lord!


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