There’s a sign that hangs near our table at home with the words of Micah 6:8 on it. “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God…” Lindsey and I found this sign on a Momentum youth conference trip a couple of years ago. We were both in a time of uncertainty, wondering what God was specifically asking of us to do and He graciously gave us a sign (literally). There are often times when I feel as though I am in a deep fog. I complain about lack of vision as to where God is leading or I get discouraged as to why I can’t see what He is doing. It is in these moments I go back to this sign. I go back to what I know God has asked of me and walk in these things even if I cannot see the outcome ahead.
What is the main thing in this passage that God has asked for? It underlies each step and then is clearly stated at the end; that is humility. If we are to carry out justice; if we are to do what is right, then we must be humble enough to see what is just and right from God’s eyes. If we are to love kindness by serving one another and loving on those around us, then we must be humble enough to put the interests of others before our own as Christ did (Phil. 2). And to end this verse, if things were not made clear enough, Micah comes right out to say “walk humbly with your God.” To follow God is to lay ourselves low before Him and His Word. It is to see that His Word is not only our guide to life but it is our only hope of survival (2 Tim. 3:16). Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). To walk humbly with God is to follow Christ. It is to lift up Jesus above our desires, agendas, interests, and even our own lives so that His glory would be made known. John the Baptist displays this attitude perfectly with his words, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
To walk humbly with God is to seek Him (2 Chron. 7:14). It is to cast all of our cares, our burdens, our issues onto Him (1 Peter 5:7). The context in which Peter gives this command is one of humility. Peter calls on the people to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God knowing that God gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5-6). If you are finding yourself today wondering what God is asking of you or where He is leading this church, I pass on the sign that He has given me: walk humbly with Him. Seek Him for your answers and your strength. Resist the urge to go by your gut and call on Him to see what truly is right (Rom. 12:1-2). It is humility then to wait on His answer. In our waiting we then continue to walk humbly by carrying out the vision and mission of what God has called each of us to in this church (Matt. 28:18-20).
It has been humbling to see the Lord’s hand at work during this time. You have each been such a
tremendous encouragement and support. Each prayer, card, and word has been a blessing that God has used to strengthen me. The Lord has provided great things through you and I am more than grateful to call this home. Let us continue to strengthen one another as we walk with Words of truth, acts of love, and
humble trust. I remind you again of Ephesians 6:18-19, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.” Pray for one another. Pray that when we remember this time that more than
reflecting on the struggle we would look back with great praise at the ministry that took place, at the love that was displayed, and at the great providence of our God!
I was encouraged with 2 Cor. 9:8 today. Paul says here, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (ESV). This means that every good work and every ministry that God wants to exist, will exist because He is able to make it so. He is able to provide, able to lead, and able to strengthen so that not only will His good work happen but that it will “abound”. Let it be our passion that God’s work would abound because we are humbly walking with him, praying for one another, seeking Him, and adjusting to His leading as we move forward.
Walking With You, Pastor Rudy