walking humbly implies staying close
in the presence of god.

As human beings, our first tendency in attempting to live out this scripture may stem from our own volition or strength. We admit this and confess our pride in our flesh and self sufficiency that keeps us in our own right minded ways. We acknowledge the only way to get this right is by trembling at the word of God, abiding in it day and night. Walking “humbly” implies staying close in the presence of God – dependent on the leadership and lordship of His spirit.

Living with a measure of humility and teachability looks like willingness to take another look at issues or topics we are most sure about. It means we listen to the critique of people knowing God is our defender and perfect Father. We can’t figure out differences among us by studying more, working hard enough, or solidifying a stronger point to be proven right. Humility is more disarming when we listen first to hear God’s voice and then to the voices of others. We abide in Him, seeking His example and acting in His ways to bear fruit in His justice and mercy.


next steps

  • Set aside a daily prayer reminder asking God for his humble heart and nature.
  • Confess our great need and desperation for His power as perfect judge and King.
  • Identify the strongest distractions away from full dependence on God.
  • Recognize that we don’t get this naturally.
  • We only get this by trembling at the word of God.
  • You can’t figure this out by trying hard enough or studying more.
  • God opposes proud people and gives grace to the humble.
  • Some measure of humility, teachability, willingness to take another look.
  • Look at things again you think you already know.
  • You open your mind to finally close your mind.
  • We need the covenant unconditional love of God.
  • Listening to the critique of people.
  • Humility is disarming. You know how to listen.
  • Walking humbly with your God: if you try to give justice or show mercy apart from Him it won’t work.
  • There are people who are meek and good listeners without God. He tells us He is the vine and we are the branches so we will always get it wrong unless we are with Him.

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