As if on schedule, the Israelites (and we too) fall from grace, we return to our sinful ways and reject God’s warnings. Why can’t we avoid temptation and live our lives in God’s grace and love?
The Bible Reader’s Companion suggests we consider it too much of an “emotional and financial burden” to remain faithful to our Lord. I wrestled with that a bit before coming to accept that reasoning.
Most of us avoid emotional involvement that requires a full-time commitment and to be a good Christian, there is the financial burden of helping the church, the poor and the needy. Who needs that burden? However, the prophet Micah tells us differently.
Micah:6 6-8 especially verse 8: 6 “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? 7 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? 8 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.”
So how do we “walk humbly with God? In my research, I found a wonderful sermon written by J. Stuart Taylor III at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in September 2006. Here is a link to his sermon http://stmarkspresbyterian.org/stmarks/sermons/24Sep06.htm.
I particularly like the way he interrelated “act justly and love mercy” with walking humbly with God. We know that our God is a loving God who only wants us to do his will and live a gentle life. Knowing that, we can easily see the correlation of the three.
You should also notice how Mr. Taylor talks about God “who is humble enough to walk with us”; because it points us to the cross. Jesus, the night before he was betrayed, at the Last Supper, humbled Himself by washing the feet of his disciples. Then in John 13:12-17, Jesus said ” 12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” How much more humbly can we walk?
Always stoop to talk eye to eye with those who are shorter than you…the views amazing.
God bless you all!