“He has shown you, O man, what is good; and WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU but to do justly, to love mercy, and to WALK HUMBLY with your god?” (Micah 6:8
There is a story in the Bible concerning a King Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon, who was the instrument YHWH used to destroy Jerusalem, capture the Israelite people, and bring discipline and correction to them. Nebuchadnezzar, by all of his many victories and conquests, had succeeded in making the Babylonian empire one of the greatest of the then known world. And the King was VERY PROUD of his accomplishments. However, because of his immense self -righteousness and pride, YHWH, who will not share His glory with anyone, humiliated this king and brought him down to nothing. King Nebuchadnezzar lost all sense of reason and understanding, made his home with the wild animals, and fed on herbs and grasses for an extended period of time (see
). The Bible tells us that at the end of this
‘season’, the King learned his lesson, that it is YHWH, the MOST HIGH GOD, the
God of the universe, who rules in the kingdom of men, and gives to the ones HE chooses. Nebuchadnezzar humbled himself and repented
of his pride, acknowledged YHWH as supreme, and praised and honored Him as the
“KING OF HEAVEN” (see Daniel 4:16-29 ). Daniel
To ‘walk humbly’ is more that an attitude, or a ‘one time fix’; it is a life-style. Because we are now new creatures in Messiah (2Corinthians 5:17), we are to recognize that we can no longer insist on our own way. We must now submit to our Creator, desire HIS way and will, and consistently cultivate a teachable and obedient spirit within us. Walking without pride is part of being humble, so also is an attitude of ‘teshuva’, repentance, for without a humble spirit, true repentance is not possible. King Nebuchadnezzar is our example in this.
Moses and Enoch are two that are said to have ‘walked’ with YAH. Willingly and consistently committed to serving the Living God, they ‘walked’ their ‘walk’ for all generations of mankind to see. A life time of service to YHWH, to His will and purpose, the ‘doing justly and loving mercy’ is evident in their humble relationship with their God and Father. Their reward? Of Moses, it is said that YHWH talked to him “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11). Enoch has the distinction of the being the first man to not ever die: “And Enoch walked [IN HABITUAL FELLOWSHIP] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him].” (Genesis 5:24, Amp, emphasis mine).
It is OUR responsibility to examine ourselves, and ensure that our heart attitude is one of humility before our ABBA Father (see 1Peter 5:5-6), as we ‘walk’ before and with Him. Let us not become like Nebuchadnezzar, on our hands and knees, eating and fellowshipping with the animal kingdom, because we failed to accurately discern the condition of our own hearts …
“When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been PRUNED OR CHISELED by trial, AND renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.” (Proverbs 11:2 Amp, emphasis mine)
“FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY”
©2011 Mette Marx