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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Micah 6:18, knowing

It is amazing how complicated we like to make life. It is even more amazing in the realm of religion the way that mankind desires to make finding, pleasing and/or knowing God an excercise. A verse which is a personal favorite of mine and which expresses, I believe, the intent and total of our existence and our relationship with both God and man is Micah 6:8.
Micah 6:8," He has shown you O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
The first part of this verse deals with the knowledge of God? or more pointedly, a revealed knowledge of what is good. This is not an affirmation of the good gifts of life (i.e. food. shelter, community, safety, etc.) but the concept of how as individuals we fit and work together for the mutual benefit of all. There is within all man a realization of how our actions affect. This is expressed further in Romans 2:14,15.. "for when [those of the] nations, which have no law, practice by nature the things of the law, these, having no law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing themselves between themselves..." It is encapsulated in these verses the thought that all men have within them the knowledge of right and wrong. Man's actions are always judged on the basis of what edifies society and what is detrimental to society. There is a foundational belief that the elements of justice, mercy and truth are hallmarks of a successful civilization. This extends to the everyday actions of people relating to people. The component of trust which encompasses the notion that my well-being being is of interest to you, and your well-being is of interest to me, is that notion which includes my safety in my community and that people will respect myself, my family amd my property. The absence of these primary elements of society result in anarchy. There presence is the moral and ethical superstructure to community.
We all know what is good, the question lies in the desire to do good, or the knowledge of how that good is fleshed out in living. Hence, the rest of the verse!!!

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