How do we differentiate between What the LORD requires of us and that which is merely following men’s traditions?
For a young woman it might be an issue of what type of clothes are okay to wear. A homemaker could seek answers to what is the right way of doing her job. The young mother searches to find the correct way of disciplining her child. Where are the answers? Who do we ask? Does anybody know the perfect way to do things?
At some stage we all struggle with one thing or another, and we would like to get advice from other women. While searching for help we come across various traditions and suggestions — the good and the bad ones.
There is this one friend who keeps her opinion to herself. “In the end, you will have to find out what is right for you and your family.” Hm… that kind of advice is rather confusing and not helpful. Then there is the kind of woman who is convinced that her way is the best and the only way to accomplish things.
Where do we look for help? Who do we ask?
When asking women for their advice we have to keep in mind that — unless they are, without further comment, quoting directly from God’s Word — it remains their own opinion and the method they are using and suggesting.
Go to the Source
God knows best. He made us and He knows the past, the present, and the future. Imagine, He knows ALL of us people, ALL of our circumstances, ALL of the working solutions. Amazing!
Think of His advice as the perfect principle and fundamental Truth, compared to suggestions and various methods of how things can be accomplished. Humans give their best to work things out. God Almighty will work things out — for them who love Him all things will work out together for good (Romans 8:28)
What the LORD Requires Of Us
One of the first verses I memorized is 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?
This verse is giving us such a helpful guideline in putting our ways (of doing things) to the test.
Do justly. We do justly when we follow the LORD’s direction. Remember, that God’s commands are not merely suggestions.
Love mercy. Showing mercy is giving someone what s/he does not deserve — The things we run out of so quickly and therefore need the Holy Spirit at work in us: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (see Galatians 5:22).
Walk humbly with your God. Stand in awe that you are loved by your Creator and privileged to be a child of the living God. But remember, always, that He is God. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3) Due to His working, and for His glory and honor, things are made possible.