WHAT GOD WANTS
As I pondered today's reading in Proverbs (21:3, "To do righteousness and justice is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice."), it caused me to ask myself two questions: (1) What things do I want? & (2) What do I want for my children? As I considered the first question, I found myself recording in my Devotional journal many things that I want....most of which are out of my control or reach. But as I pondered the second question, the answers were brief and simple: for them to love the Lord, for safety and for health.
As I thought about what I am aware the Bible says that God wants, it took me down a similar path. God does not need or want for any THING. But a couple passages came to mind quickly regarding what He wants for His children. David said, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise” (Psalm 51:16–17). And the people of Micah's day asked, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?” (Micah 6:7). To which Micah replied, “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?” (Micah 6:8, ESV)
God's desire is that we walk in close fellowship with Him. Loving Him goes hand-in-hand with loving our neighbor as ourselves. This is the very definition of righteousness and justice. May we give our Father what He most desires today!