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He has showed thee, O man, what is good - James C. Bell

Several years ago, my wife and I had the privilege of teaching a singles class in the Sunday school of our Church.

The class was made up of some who had never married, but mostly they were divorcees, all of them were sweet, loving people, who were a joy to teach. They had such good attitudes and wanted to learn more about the Bible, God's Holy Word.

They also wanted to have fun and were always ready to have a "social," a party which usually consisted of a meeting at someone's home -- many times, ours. Most wanted to have a good meal and enjoy games or singing. These great folks really enjoyed getting together to play and go places, and they had lots of time, being without families, and they didn't like being alone.

One of the major problems we had with this group was trying to keep up with them!

We had good Bible study times, and they attended and responded so well. We began the class with fifteen or so on the roll, and began to grow, as word got around about good Bible study and lots of fun at frequent socials.

As the class grew, we began to have breakfast just before class with lots of good food that all of us brought -- not just coffee and sweet rolls, but orange juice, sausage and biscuits, chicken and biscuits, cakes, and a host of other foods.

The class roll grew close to 100, with an average attendance of 60 or so. God really blessed us as members of that class accepted Jesus as Savior, and many joined the church. Some couples were married and started new homes together.

One of the many verses of the Bible that we studied was Micah 6:8, which says, "He has showed you, O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

This great verse has been a favorite of mine for many years. We can be sure it is God Himself speaking directly to us, to everyone who reads and studies His Word. We should also read Deuteronomy 10:12-13: "What does the Lord your God ask of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?"

Have you ever wished, or prayed, that God would speak to you personally and plainly, so you could be sure He really exists and truly is the one and only God?

This is the way He speaks to us -- through His Holy Word, the Bible. When we read and study the Bible, He shows us what is good, and tells us what is required of us: To have faith in Him, to fear and love Him, and walk in His ways.

He plainly tells us how to treat others: "To act justly and love mercy." This means to be honest and forgiving in our dealings with others. Then, to "walk humbly with your God," to have the right attitude toward God and man, to live according to His ways, His teachings, which we learn in the Bible.

God also speaks directly to us through prayer, as we have faith in Him and come to know Him by cultivating a close relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. All of this is for our own good.

Has He shown you what is good? Have you listened as He called you to faith in Jesus Christ? Are you doing what the Lord requires of you?

Praise the Lord! He loves us and calls us to come to Him. Will you accept His love, and walk humbly with your God?