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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Micah 6:8, walk humbly

"... to walk humbly with your God?"
Humble, not high or lofty; not pretentious; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiency of; to make meek and submissive.
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell with him who has a contrite and humble spirit,...
Isaiah 66:2 ... but on this one will I (God) look on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Contrite, sincerely penitent or feeling regret or sorrow, especially for one's own actions.
The line of thought in Micah 6:8 is not intended to be broken into sections of thought. Doing justice is a way of loving mercy which in turn is representative of our walking humbly with our God. Walking humbly is actually the avenue by which we can approach or fellowship with God. It is the summation of the sacrifice of our hearts desires in recognition of the demands that would be placed upon us to please a Holy God. Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy and sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Men will part with anything rather than their sins, believing God to be unfair and a harsh judge. Luke 19:21 ...for I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow. Those who believe this will have nothing to call their own but their sin. As Christians we live at odds with the world. We are contrarian (just for Ron & Lloyd) to the cultural norms and the tolerance of society. We should be known by our modesty [ humbly in this verse translates as ' to be modest], being a people unique in the world, gracious in conflict ( persuade - to convince, pacify or conciliate through sweetness), at peace in accepting what life brings in blessings and handicaps (far easier to say than do), exhibiting faith, in circumstances acknowledging the Hand of God (it rains on the just & the unjust), finding favour with our fellow citizens, avoiding being suggestive in our words and actions (a double-edged sword), gaining the status to be heard.
There is also the very strong demands of walking humbly with God that mean obedience, the pursuit of holiness, devotion, love, loyalty and submission. To be watchful in prayer, to live in a state of humble conversation with God, the inclination of the heart towards the things of God. Genesis 17:1 ... I am the almighty God, walk before me, and be blameless. Matthew 23:23 ... the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

1 comment:

Pastor Curtis said...

Found your blog - through Pastor Ron's Blog. It's amazing, thoughtful, rich and very heavy. (which is a breathe of fresh air I must say)

To walk humbly with God I believe is something that is easy to forget or ignore - until we fail or fall in what we are doing. Even though we need to truly and faithfully submit ourselves (our power, our authority, our spirit/body/soul, our lives) into His hands. We still struggle to do it ourselves. I pray often because I begin to raise myself up above were I should be.

Another thought was raised in this blog entry. I agree with what you have said, however I struggle with our call as Christs representatives as to how we remain 'without blemish' yet act as "the salt of the earth" Matt 5:13. I know we are called to be holy and wholly differnt but yet to live amoungst the people around us (Jeremiah 29:4-7).

Not easy, to maintain purity in an impure world. The struggle is the same through the scriptures I'm just trying to learn from it - so I can do it myself and help others.

Curtis Zoerb