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Walking with God

Weekly Devotionals

Walking with God

“With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?”

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:6-8 (NIV)

These verses demonstrate so well the struggle of understanding what it is that God asks of us. We often get it in our minds that we need to do and give grandiose things to show God our love for Him. But he simply wants us – all of us – which is of course the hardest thing for a human to give. He wants us to walk with Him in constant and complete fellowship, the way He created us to be with Him.

So what does it mean to walk humbly with God? I think we have an idea that it’s the kind of life we actually have no interest in living. Maybe giving up material comforts or successes, or becoming a doormat others step on. Sad, weak and deprived.

Yet humility means having a right understanding of myself – neither thinking too lowly or too highly, but simply living in the flow of God’s grace and provision for the moment. It’s a way of living like the birds and the flowers of the fields do, in simplicity, beauty and gratitude. In fact, here’s what Jesus says about what it means to “walk humbly” with Him:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

Have we ever stopped to consider that the heaviest burden we carry, the thing that makes us feel like we are dragging ourselves through life, might be our care for ourselves? Our insistence on our right for self-determination, which we were never created to be able to fully carry?

In all our taking ourselves seriously, in all our desire for recognition, in all our worrying for tomorrow and counting the ways we’ve been wronged, how the Lord longs to take care of us if we would just let go of what we are holding onto so tightly. Discovering our God is who He says He is isn’t a sad life, but a joyful one. Surrendering our own way and being filled with His purpose isn’t a weak life, but a powerful one. Becoming aware of how God fully supplies our need out of His amazing grace isn’t a deprived life, but one of overflowing abundance.

In the cross of Christ, God is inviting us to give up what means very little to gain what matters eternally. When in faith we step out, and accept the invitation to walk humbly with Him, He will teach us the ways of His unforced rhythms of grace.