No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (NLT)
Walk humbly with your God.
Taking this at face value, without putting too much thought into what this phrase means, I’m joyful the call is to walk with God. I’m not a runner. I’m not even a jogger. I can walk, most all of you can, too. Walking suggests a doable pace. If you are the least bit healthy, you can walk along with someone; conversing or singing and not be short of breath. If the path you are walking on turns or becomes rocky; you can adjust easily to that change if you are walking.
God’s intention is that we keep pace with Him. His command is doable; walk with me.
Walking also suggests that God wants you to be at His side. Not long ago, I observed a little girl walking beside an older boy who I assumed was her brother. I don’t know the circumstances of their walk, but her little legs were keeping stride with his. Her little hand was secure in his grasp. As they walked, she was gazing up at him with a look of adoration. She wasn’t watching where she was going. She was captivated. From the look on her face, she was not concerned about where they were headed, how they would get there or what would happen once they were at the destination; she was simply thrilled to be walking beside him.
What a great picture of what God wants from you and for you.
God wants a relationship with YOU. You can’t walk with a myth. You can’t keep stride with a “higher power”. A remote, disembodied idea of goodness doesn’t desire your companionship. Read and reread that last phrase until it sinks into your heart; walk humbly with YOUR God. That is a relationship. That is a relationship with someone real, someone feeling, and someone who wants YOU.
Let His justice and mercy captivate you.
God, in His justice, sees each person as someone in need of a Savior. God, in His mercy, sent a Savior who bore your punishment. Now He says, “Walk with me.”
Father, thank You for the honor of walking with You. Help me to keep stride with You. Give me adoring eyes to watch your every move and willing feet to follow You.