Oh Lord – It’s Hard to be Humble
That was the punch line of a song from my youth, “Oh Lord – it’s hard to be humble; when you’re perfect in every way!” Today I had to think hard about being humble in the face of today’s text (Micah 6:8) for the days sermon which went; ” He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” So how exactly does one walk humbly with one’s God?
- Walk Humbly With Your God
Seems to me that the elemental meaning in “humble”, is deference to another or others. You can’t be humble without deferring to the other party. So to walk humbly with your God is to listen carefully to what He wants and to be obedient to that. This brings me straight to Psalm one where it says that happy is the man who meditates on God’s law both day and night. To be doing that would be to be attending humbly to God. It would be one way to know how to act in deference to God. You would in fact be “hearing from God“
- Fundamental Rule For The Christian
This then is a fundamental rule for the Christian. Simply live out Micah 6:8, and act justly, (as God would have us act); show constant love, (as it says in the Good News Translation); and walk humbly, (in constant attendance) with your God. You can’t go wrong if you are listening to Him ALL day! This puts a reluctant truth to the line of the song above. It IS hard to be humble, and we have to work at it because acting in love, acting justly, and being fully attentive to God are NOT natural acts for your average sinner. We have to train ourselves to do this; so don’t expect to instantly get it right!
- Forget One-upmanship!
This humble stuff is not restricted to God – when we walk “humbly”, we can treat our fellow man with the same polite deference that we treat God. I can say that most of the real truths that I have learned in life has been taught me by my fellows, by the people I interact with every day. I have learned a heck of a lot by listening to, and watching the people around me. If we are into “one-upmanship”, or any other kind of “scoring off” our acquaintances, then we will never learn anything from them, (apart from how silly we really are!).
- Just Do It!
So think about the old song; “Oh Lord – it’s hard to be humble; when you’re perfect in every way!” And try walking humbly with your God!