The Answer To The Big Question Is Not “42”

I’m not big on memorizing scripture.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s a wonderful thing to do and mandated by the Word itself: “Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:8-9 (et al).  I won’t get into whether it’s within my ability or just laziness – I already know the answer to that…

I’ve never been under the impression that once you join the Christian club, you can sit back and blessings arrive at your doorstep as regularly as the daily mail.  So I’ve always pondered in the back of my head, “What am I supposed to be up to? What does God really expect of me?”  To me, that’s always been the “Big Question”.  Although the answer is in the whole of the Bible, I needed something much more condensed for this little ornery pea brain.  I was given the whole answer in one verse:

Micah 6:8 –

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

At first I thought, “That’s too simple.”  But after keeping that one verse in mind and basing all decisions and reactions for a number of days I became convinced.  This all happened years ago, but recently I’ve heard the verse come up many times in conversation, on the radio, and from the pulpit.  I may be daft, but I’m not deaf.  I decided that it was time to share this nugget that has helped me so much, with more than the few I’ve chatted with about it.  So, being wired the way I am, I’m writing a song.

Today all I have is part of the chorus, and no recording of even that yet:

“Act justly,
Love mercy,
Walk humbly with your God”

Yeah, I know – not exactly the most original thought, but those words are the whole point.  I can already hear this part in my head.  As it develops I plan to share the song’s growth here in the blog along with some scratch audio clips much like we did on “The Race”.  Should be interesting.

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One Response to The Answer To The Big Question Is Not “42”

  1. Susan says:

    I cannot believe as much as we talk about this passage, and are forever reminded (LOL-NOT), that I never thought about writing a song about it, Reverse, I never thought about you writing a song about it! 143

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