2000-07-17 - Humility

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

The ending of this verse is interesting, I think. Why does it not end, “And to run, his whole life with God?”, or “To walk joyfully with your God?” Why is it that this verse ends as it does, focused on humility?

I feel that many people are taught about the blessedness of the Christian life, the joy that goes with knowing Jesus, and we have, at times adopted a “jump for Jesus” faith. There is nothing wrong with that, on the one hand, but it is just as true that humility is indispensable to the Christian life. In all things we are to practice humility. The great reformer Luther was once asked what the first step in religion was and he replied, “humility.” The second?, “humility”, the third, “humility.”

We should remember humility in prayer. In prayer we address the creator of the universe, the God of our salvation. There are times when I hear prayers that show such familiarity or levity with God that it seems that the prayers are being addressed to an equal or to one worthy of little reverence. When we come before God in prayer, we do enter His presence, and we must remember to come humbly before Him as those who are needy and seeking help.

We should remember humility when we consider the mercies of God toward us. Are we distinguished to the point that we are deserving of His mercies? Surely not! Are we successful in life or occupation? We must think of God’s providential care and grace that protects us when on the road going back and forth to work … think about how God has protected our bodies from disease and injury so that we could have success. The mercy of God us-ward, is really amazing. And it should again lead to humility on our part.

If we inquire deeper, we will see the need for humility in every area of our lives. If we are prone to seek to establish our own righteousness, we have not thought clearly about our dependence upon God. We must look only to the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by the grace of God that we are what we are. With regard to all that we are, we, like a branch that generates its life from the source which is the vine, generate our life and being from the source of life, which is Christ.

“I never trusted in an arm but thine,
Nor hoped, but in thy righteousness divine.
Angelic gratulations rend the skies;
Pride falls unpitied, never more to rise;
Humility is crown’d, and Faith receives the prize.” Anonymous

Soli Deo Gloria,