10.20.2016

What am I waiting for?

This is one of my favorite views in our home. A sweet little corner right in between the family room  and kitchen. I read this verse dozens of times each day.
It is our family verse.
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8


I memorized it when I was in high school as a worship song, and have always loved the power of the command and the beauty of the words.

For the past couple of weeks, I have found myself meditating on those beautiful words in a way I never have before. It is the phrase "walk humbly with your God" that plays over and over in my mind. What does that mean? What does walking humbly with God really look like?

I decided to do a simple word study and began by looking up the main words of the verse in the dictionary. 
I did not want the biblical definitions - just the generic version of each one.

Justly
1.  in a just manner; in conformity to law, justice, or propriety; by right; honestly; fairly; accurately.

Mercy
1.  compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power; also: lenient or compassionate treatment
2.  a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion
3.  compassionate treatment of those in distress

Walk
a : to move along on foot : advance by steps 
b : to come or go easily or readily 
c : to go on foot for exercise or pleasure

Humbly
1.  not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive
2.  reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission
3.  ranking low in a hierarchy or scale

Even without a biblical lens, these definitions provide an accurate picture of what God requires of His children. I especially like the word "walk." We all know what the word means, but sometimes it is the simple thing that makes the most impact. For me to "walk with God" I must MOVE. And not just any kind of movement - forward movement. Advancing. Easily and readily. For exercise or pleasure. I love that! Walking is a choice - a willful action. And because He commands it, "what the Lord requires of you," it is not an option. Forward movement with the God who created the universe ... what an honor, what a joy!

There is one more word that must be defined. The most important word: God.
The dictionary does not - and cannot - define our God, so I did not even bother opening one. Scripture is the only resource we need to identify, define, know, and understand our God.
So. Are you ready?
Look at THIS!

God
“Behold your God!
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and His arm rules for Him.
He will tend His flock like a shepherd;
    He will gather the lambs in His arms;
He will carry them in His bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand
    and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
    and weighed the mountains in scales
    and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
    or what man shows Him his counsel?
Whom did He consult,
    and who made Him understand?
Who taught Him the path of justice,
    and taught Him knowledge,
    and showed Him the way of understanding?
To whom then will you liken God,
    or what likeness compare with Him?
Do you not know? Do you not hear?
    Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
who brings princes to nothing,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
'To whom then will you compare Me,
    that I should be like Him?' says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
    calling them all by name;
by the greatness of His might
    and because He is strong in power, not one is missing.
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    His understanding is unsearchable." Isaiah 40

Isn't that a fanTAStic passage?

If that is my God ... if He is that powerful ... that gentle ... that majestic ... that trustworthy ...
why do I ever fear?
Why do I doubt Him?
Why do I question His ways?
Why do I allow the trails and tribulations of this world to defeat me and drag me down into despondency and despair?
Behold Your God, Michelle!
And let everything else pale in comparison.
The Lord is the everlasting God!
And He is - absolutely, positively, without the slightest doubt - ENOUGH.

God has told me what is good and what He requires of me.
Do justly.
Love mercy.
Walk humbly with Him.

So - what am I waiting for?

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