Pastor Tim’s Devotional
February 22, 2020
Scripture Reading – Micah 6:8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
One of the images that comes to mind for me during the season of Lent, is the final phrase of Micah’s single sentence summary of the spiritual life, “to walk humbly” with our God. When I picture myself walking humbly with God, it always involves placing my hand into the outstretched hand of God. This is the place where our relationship with God begins through the unmerited grace of Jesus Christ, who says to all:
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).”
In taking God’s hand we recognize the grace we have received. We begin to walk with God, to take God’s “yoke” upon our life. To walk humbly with our God is to follow, to learn from God what is required and good, to do justice, to love kindness, and to find rest for our souls.
This image so powerfully captures the challenge of the spiritual life. It can be so tempting to cast off God’s gentle yoke, to let go of the hand that leads our souls to rest, to turn from God’s ways to follow paths of our own.
During the season of Lent, it is important to remember that God is not going to drag us, kicking and screaming into the good. Walking humbly with our God is to turn around and to allow God to take hold of us once again. To remember that God’s hand is always open and waiting for us to return.
God Bless You