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April 22, 2012 / Pastor George Fike

Walk humbly…


4th of 4 posts

O people, the Lord has told you what is good,

and this is what he requires of you: 

to do what is right,

to love mercy, and

to walk humbly with your God. 

Micah 6:8 NLT

Once upon a time, there was a garden.  In this garden there were many good things, beautiful to see and pleasant to experience.  But there were two hidden things.  The One Who created the garden came walking there in the cool of the morning, and called out.  One of the hidden things – the Man – reluctantly answered:

“I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” (Genesis 3:10 NLT)

STOP!  Hold the phone!  Let me see if I understand this correctly…

The God of the universe created everything, knows His creation intimately, so much so that Isaiah 40 says of the billions of stars: He calls them out one by one; because of His great power not one of them is missing…” So this same God with the power to create EVERYTHING and the knowledge of where EVERYTHING is, says: where are you?  What gives?

When we continue reading Genesis 3 we realize that God was aware of 3 things:

  1. He knew where Adam and Eve were hiding;
  2. He already knew what they had done;
  3. He already had the remedy for their immediate AND their ultimate need.

So why does He say: where are you?

The same reason he does today.  He just wants us to walk with Him. He doesn’t care what we’ve done; He already knows about it and has the fix for it.  He knows our communion with Him will both supply and save us. Consider the observation of the Old Testament prophet:

Plague went before him; 
   pestilence followed his steps. Habakkuk 3:5 NIV

What does this mean, and what is the implication? 

plague   [pleyg]  noun

1. an epidemic disease that causes high mortality; pestilence.

2. an infectious, epidemic disease caused by a bacterium, Yersinia pestis,  characterized by fever, chills, and prostration, transmitted to humans from rats by means of the bites of fleas. Compare bubonic plaguepneumonic plaguesepticemic plague.

3. any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, especially one regarded as a direct punishment by God: a plague of war and desolation.

4. any cause of trouble, annoyance, or vexation: Uninvited guests are a plague.

pes·ti·lence  [pes-tl-uhns]  noun

1.a deadly or virulent epidemic disease.

2. bubonic plague.

3. something that is considered harmful, destructive, or evil.

Obviously bad stuff!  So where is the safest place on earth?

In the center of wherever God is!  And obviously, not lagging behind Him (disobedience) nor running ahead of Him (presumption)!  Picture a child walking hand-in-hand with mom or dad; it is not imprisonment, but protection.  The child is most free when he humbly accepts the protective grasp of his parent’s hand.  When the situation is safe, the parent will let go.  So it is as we walk through our world.  The safest thing we can do is hold the hand of God and seek to make eye contact.  Just the way children do in new situations.  They scan mom’s face to see if it’s safe.  Everything in life should be filtered through prayer. After all, this is the action of walking with God; it’s His invitation to us to pray about everything.

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NIV

 

– End of series –

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