We Must Walk Humbly
“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?” Micah 6:8
Maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places, but I rarely see Micah 6:8 referenced unless the conversation in question has something to do with human relationships. This verse is often used to support certain protocols and programs for social justice, and I don’t think that is necessarily off-base. We should care about justice and kindness because we serve a just and kind God. But I surely can’t be the only person who has the hardest time with the third item on the list.
Don’t get me wrong—doing justice and loving kindnesses are difficult. Sometimes ethical lines are hard to draw, or people don’t seem like they bear the image of a loving, beautiful God. What I’m finding the deeper I get in my walk with the Lord, however, is that humility is an even trickier virtue to cherish and practice. It usually requires us to give up a lot of our most cherished treasures in earthly life—our control, our expectations, our idols, our preferences. It is not achieved by debasing ourselves or boasting of how much we are being sanctified.
Humility is the opposite of pride, which is the vice behind most (if not all) our sins. It was pride that Adam and Eve committed when they wanted to be “like God.” It was pride that David committed when he abused his power to kill the man whose wife he desired. It was pride that drove the Jews to crucify the God-man, Jesus, because He wounded their spiritual egos.
May we walk with Him in a different way.
Father, open my eyes to the prideful roots of my sins. Show me the meaning of true humility. Show me its necessity for godliness, for peace, and for worship. Teach me to walk humbly with You. In the name of Jesus, amen.
How does pride manifest in your own relationship with God? What are some false perspectives on humility you have heard of and/or have believed?
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.