Wednesday March 7, 2007
Hartsville News Journal
Page 4B
"What does God Expect from us?"
We are going to research three bible verses to see if we can learn more about what God expects from us. His word contains the answers to any question we may have; we just have to practice bringing His truth forward. We begin our research in the Old Testament as Hosea 6:6 KJV reads:

For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

This verse makes it clear that God desires our mercy; He wants our love instead of our burnt offerings. He surrendered His only Begotten Son to the cross to show His love for us. He also makes it clear that He wants us to increase our knowledge of Him and understand Him better. Understanding His Word accomplishes that.

We continue researching these three verses to learn more about what God expects from us as we locate our second verse in the book of Psalms. Psalm 86:15 reads:

But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

We now see that God expects and seeks our love and this verse shows His involvement in the following ways: (1) “Full of compassion” showing that He bends over backwards to get our attention. (2) “Gracious” showing us how willing He is to put up with us; at times, we really can be quite a handful. He takes us back, no matter what we do. (3) “Longsuffering” tells us how sincere He is in His promise to win us over; He really wants us to be with Him in heaven (4) “Plenteous in mercy and truth” showing us that He has everything we will ever need. No one is capable of taking His place! We can always depend on Him to meet our needs for He is the Word, the Light, the Truth and the Way.

Our answer continues to flow from the New Testament as we go to 2 Peter 3:9 KJV and it reads:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The New Testament simply verifies everything that we learned in the Old Testament. God is doing more than His part to win us over. He delivers on His promise and He will never slack off on His commitment to help us. It is difficult for one of His Children to perish in the lake of fire; they would have to decline every effort God makes to win their love. Repentance is free and it covers any number of bad things we could do. Longsuffering means that no matter how long it takes, He will wait and He will accept us all the way up to the end.

These three verses make it obvious that God expects one thing from us, our love. It is clear that we are the one in the driver’s seat who has the following two choices:

(1) Ignore God and stay with Satan in his word of temptation and sin or


(2) Erase Satan by accepting God’s invitation of righteousness. This may take more effort on our part but it is a good investment in our future.

God is not going to make this decision for us; it is ours alone to make. Judgment day would not be fair if He became involved in decisions that we must make. Our first step is allowing God’s Word to provide us with answers as Christ is the Word and His way shines the light of His Truth. Set aside a little time each day to learn Him better as we ask ourselves:

    Are we on track in learning where we stand with God?
    Do we know where our present path is taking us?
    Are we making our best effort to show God that we care?

Our answer to these questions places us on our path. Will it take us where we want to go?


Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at or viewed online at