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?
Walk humbly, he requires. With your God.
I see a toddler ambling around, teetering, tottering, walking toward daddy. He reaches for daddy's hand, and together they walk through the park. There are stairs and ramps and edges and fences and drop-offs, after all. But the toddler can't see those. All he can see is that daddy provides stability for his learning legs.
You see, a man of integrity is as strong as he realizes he is weak.
A woman of integrity is as strong as she realizes she is weak.
In this world where confidence and self-creation are prized, our greatest treasure is uncovered when we lose confidence in ourselves and allow God to create us new.
Don't ever think you're too strong to fall. We will never move far enough past the tottering, learning stage to be able to walk independently. Yes, He gives us victories over sin, and yes, He renews our minds and changes our hearts... but He does. Remember that always: God is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever (Psalm 73:26).
Why do the men and women we admire so often fall and fail? Is it because their hearts are so bent away from God? Were they marching in the opposite direction? Sometimes, perhaps. But I would presume more often they're walking in the right direction, but the way is narrow and the slopes on either side are slippery and they let go of Daddy's hand for a moment because, they think, I've got this. I've been walking for so long, I can make this decision on my own. But they tripped over the railing and slid down that slope they couldn't see, and at the bottom they look up and realize, I'm still a child, after all.
Why do we ever let go?
To walk humbly means to always hold on to the source. To walk humbly is to acknowledge our frailty, our flesh, and to worship the Spirit who breathes life and leads us to light. To walk humbly means to walk confidently, believing our Father knows the path.
True worship is this, that we do justice in a world of injustice. True worship is loving kindness enough to surrender our emotions in the moment. And true worship is taking the hand of the Father as we walk in goodness and truth.
Praise the Lord, who wants us and not our stuff! Praise the Lord, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and gives us Himself! Praise the Lord!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.