“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” —Micah 6:8
TO “walk humbly” with God is the essence of the Law of God, the spiritual
side of it—its Ten Commandments are an enlargement of this verse. The
Law is spiritual and touches the thoughts, intents, emotions, words, and
actions—but especially God demands the heart. Now it is our great joy that what
the Law requires, the gospel gives. “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness
to everyone that believeth” (Rom 10:4). In Him we meet the requirements of the
Law, first, by what He has done for us and next, by what He works in us. He conforms
us to the Law of God. He makes us, by His Spirit, not for our righteousness
but for His Glory, to render to the Law the obedience which we could not present
of ourselves. We are weak through the flesh, but when Christ strengthens us, the
righteousness of the Law is “fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit” (Rom 8:4).
Only through faith in Christ does a man learn to do righteously, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with God—and only by the power of the Holy Spirit sanctifying
us to that end do we fulfill these three divine requirements. These we fulfill
perfectly in our desire—we would be holy as God is holy if we could live as our
heart aspires to live: we would always do righteously, we would always love mercy,
and we would always walk humbly with God. The Holy Spirit daily aids us to do
this by working in us “to will and to do of [God’s] good pleasure” (Phi 2:13). And
the day will come, and we are pining for it, when, being entirely free from this
hampering body, we shall serve Him day and night in His Temple and shall render
to Him an absolutely perfect obedience, for, “they are without fault before the
throne of God” (Rev 14:5).
Today I shall have a task quite sufficient if I dwell only upon the third requirement,
“Walk humbly with thy God,” asking first, What is the nature of this
humility? And secondly, Where does this humility show itself?
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"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan