Tucked away in the pages of the Old Testament is the book of Micah. Micah doesn’t get the same kind of press as the more famous Isaiah but yet his words still pack a serious punch. Of note is that the book of Micah provides one of the most important prophecies of Jesus’s Christ’s birth in the entire Old Testament. Micah looks centuries into the future and points to Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus (Micah 5:2).
Micah also provides one of the finest definitions of simple faith that you will find anywhere. Many people wonder about pleasing God. I wonder if we have complicated matters making God seemingly impossible to please. As Charles Swindoll writes, “religion has become a series of long, drawn-out, deeply painful acts designed to appease this peeved Deity in the sky who takes delight in watching us squirm.”
Micah provides one of the finest definitions of simple faith: “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?” What is required? Read the list slowly: to do justice . . . to love kindness . . . and to walk humbly with your God. Swindoll says, “Faith is not a long series of religious performances or a pile of pious things. All God asks is simple faith.”