What does God want from you, anyway? Are proud people on God’s “hit list” so to speak? According to Proverbs 15:25, God destroys the house of the proud. Think about that one for awhile! Got a problem with pride?
The people in the prophet Micah’s day complained that God was never satisfied. They asked in a snarky way, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?” (Micah 6:7). It was their way of asking, “What does God want from us, anyway?” Some people feel that way today, like all their striving to please God means nothing.
Jesus was asked once which commandment was the greatest. He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30–32; cf. Matthew 22:37–39). What God wants is simple: He wants us.
God wants us to trust in His Son as Savior and Lord (Philippians 2:9–11). Second Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord . . . is patient with you, not wanting anyoto perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God wants us to pattern our lives after that of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). The Father wants all of His children to be like Jesus. He brings situations into our lives to refine us and address our flawed characteristics. (Hebrews 12:7; James 1:12).
The prophet Micah responded to the Israelites’ complaint that they didn’t know what God wanted from them. The prophet says, “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).
David knew what God wanted from him! “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).
Have you felt broken lately? Take a closer look at what’s going on in your life.