Posted by: Walk.Build.Proclaim | June 3, 2013

Walk Humbly with Your God

He has told you what is good. What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6.8 

Walking is a pretty regular part of my day as I have 2-dogs, Tank and Piper. Tank is an old man (probably about 8 or so years old.) Although Tank has slowed down with age, he still loves to go out for short walks. walking with Tank, usually offers an opportunity to settle my mind and spend some time in prayer with little distraction.

Tank is our old man

Tank is our old man

Piper is around three years old and still fun of puppy energy when we’re out walking. She just can’t stay in one place for more than three seconds, unless she is getting someone’s undivided attention.  Piper is most definitely a leader of the pack when we are walking with our friends Zeus or Ginger.  When walking with Piper there is virtually no time to “Walk humbly with God”.

Piper!

Piper!

Zeus just turned one and his best friend is Piper. He knows Tank, too, but not as well. When Piper and Zeus ‘walk’ it is more like a full-on run and exploration. Zeus is full steam ahead in everything he does. The only time he ‘walks’ is when I have him on a leash! This is a picture of him wearing his medal after he earned the AKC STAR Puppy award.

Zeus!

Zeus!

As Tank and I were walking on Friday, this verse from Micah came to mind:  He has told you what is good. What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6.8  

I started thinking what does it mean to “walk humbly with your God”? Does it mean that you purposely give God more of your time or attention?  Does it mean that you take time to walk a little slower, maybe even meander and not be so worried about the destination, but really take some time to appreciate what the creator has created all around you?  Is walking humbly with your God having the ability to let it all go, and walk side by side with God and listen to what God has to say just as you would with anyone else you’d be walking with?

As I was out walking with Tank and Piper this morning, I noticed how much trust Piper had in me as her human, a trust that I wouldn’t leave without her as she wandered (meandered quickly) off the trail after a rabbit or whatever else caught her attention. There was an unconditional trust that I wouldn’t leave the trail area without her.  That trust that Piper has in me to care for and protect her and feed her got me to thinking about how much trust we have in our God to love, protect and feed us.

To walk humbly with God is to have complete trust in God. To walk humbly with God is to put out your hand and say God, you lead the way and to have the confidence and trust in God to lead the way!  This takes some practice and patience.  Sometimes God likes to walk at the same pace as Tank a slow meander, where the destination isn’t the important part of the journey rather the things you see, the people you encounter, the flowers you stop to smell are the important lessons on the journey.  This is how we learn to walk humbly with our God.

This week Walk. Build. Proclaim is focusing on different forms of prayer. We’d like to invite you to leave behind the man-made distractions of cell-phones, iPods etc and put on your favorite walking shoes, stretch out your hand and walk Humbly with your God.

walking with God

Prayer: “Show me Your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.”  Psalm 25:4 & 5

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