The word humble can be used in many ways: to be small in stature; not arrogant; to be put down or made less than; to be aware of one’s place in a hierarchy…there are several other ways it can be described but all have this sense of being less than something else. This is not an easy idea for most people – especially in our achievement driven, individualistic culture in the USA, (not to mention those of us who are of Finnish heritage whose middle name is SISU!…I am 100% Finn). We do not easily bow the knee or accept the fact that we do not have all the answers and therefore cannot make perfect choices. Confidence without humility is arrogance.
Micah 6:8 encourages us to “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly”. I believe that in order for us to actually do justly and love mercy we must be first able to walk humbly. We must learn to understand our place in the grand design. We are not the one who holds the power or wields it. We are not the one who has the answers or provides the solution. We are not the one who can see from the beginning to the end and every point in between. We do not make the rules…but we can know the one who does. There is a very important detail in Micah 6:8 that is all too often overlooked…we are told to walk humbly “with your God”.
There is a lot of truth here in these few small words. First, we are told to “walk” …not sit on the sidelines, not hide in fear, not run, not wander, not stand…we are to “walk”. Second, we are told to “walk with” …not ahead of or behind, not distracted or drawn aside…we are to “walk with”. Third we are told to “walk with your” …the one who has called me his own, his friend, his beloved. Fourth, we are told to “walk humbly with your God”. That for me sums up the whole idea of what it means to be a Christian. We are told to walk (be active in the journey) with (as partners moving toward the same goal) your (the one who calls me his child, to whom I belong) God (the ever present, all powerful, all knowing, creator of the universe, full of love and kindness). Doing justly and loving mercy will be a result of walking humbly with our God. I do not believe it would even be possible to be unjust and vengeful if we are truly walking with God. It is the key to the lock, the hand for the glove, the how for the Christian life.
So, there you have it…the idea behind the Micah68life. Through this blog we will try to bring focus back to these three simple ideas: do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly. Maybe I’m just getting older and having to know everything isn’t as important to me anymore. I’m not interested Biblical theories or conjecture or whose interpretation is correct. I guess I have come to understand that there are just some things that the Bible does not address directly and there are a great many things that I just plain don’t understand. And some other things, at least in this present life, I am not able to understand…and I am fine with that…I know the One who does. I am a just Christian trying to be about the Fathers business in all I do, but writing is not all I do. I have a full-time job, I own a home and have a family, I mow the lawn, do the laundry, cook dinner, build things and tear things down, love camping and rainy days. You will read about many of these things here as well, but I hope it all boils down to the Micah68life…someone trying to do the right thing by being kind to those around me because that is what my Dad would do.
So it begins….