Why is it important than we learn how to walk humbly with God? First of all, it pleases the Lord. But, secondly, it can protect us. It delivers us from the disasters that come into our lives through pride. Listen to what Micah 2:3 says: “Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster.”
How often has the Lord served up humble pie to his proud people. How often has he done it to me! To walk with God implies intentional prayer and watchfulness against a haughty spirit in all of its forms.
For pride is spiritual cancer and it eats away at our ability to love others well. This unhumbled pride often takes four forms: Pride of face, when you think you are most handsome; pride of race, when you think your skin is the best color; pride of place, when you think you are better positioned than others; pride of grace, when you think you are one of God’s top people – and pride of grace is the worst of the lot.
For Enoch in the OT, walking humbly with God meant pleasing the Lord (Heb. 11:5 – By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God).
To walk humbly with God means to acknowledge our sinful pride, submit to be saved by his free mercy, and then live to please him in all things.
My stated purpose in life is the following: Faithfully follow Jesus Christ by humbly walking with God and investing my life in the three eternal things while encouraging others to do the same.
Let me encourage you to consider making “humbly walking with God” your purpose in life. Reflect on and answer this question: What is one way that you would live differently if that was your objective in life?