The good isn’t difficult to perceive, but it may not be obvious. Everybody thinks he knows the difference between good and evil. Everybody believes he practices the good. Each opinion is more right that then next one. But knowing the truth and recognizing the good is not an automatic process. We have to learn these things. Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:17 that we must learn to do what pleases God. And where do we go to learn it?
He has told you, O man, what is good,
and what the LORD really wants from you:
He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful,
and to live obediently before your God.
Micah 6:8 NET
Only God is good. And only he knows what is good. But he doesn’t leave us in the dark. He tells us, he reveals to us, he teaches us what is good.
In the context of the book of Micah, the prophet comes to our verse with a series of questions. Should I do this? Should I do that? Will God like this?
Ah, but I don’t have to keep guessing about what God likes or keep trying spiritual experiments until I finally figure out what pleases God. In his goodness, he has already shown me!
Now it’s up to me to learn and to do.