“Walk humbly With your God.” Micah 6:8.
THIS is the essence of the Law of God, the spiritual side of it —its Ten Commandments are an enlargement of this verse. The Law is spiritual and touches the thoughts, the intents, the emotions, the words, the actions but especially God demands the heart. Now it is our great joy that what the Law requires, the Gospel gives. “Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to everyone that believes.” In Him we meet the requirements of the Law, ﬁrst, by what He has done for us and next, by what He works in us. He conforms us to the Law of God. He makes us, by His Spirit, not for our righteousness, but for His Glory, to render to the Law the obedience which we could not present of ourselves. We are weak through the ﬂesh, but when Christ strengthens us, the righteousness of the Law is fulﬁlled in us who walk not after the ﬂesh, but after the Spirit.
Only through faith in Christ does a man learn to do righteously, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God —and only by the power of the Holy Spirit sanctifying us to that end do we fulﬁll these three Divine requirements. These we fulﬁll perfectly in our desire —we would be holy as God is holy if we could live as our heart aspires to live —we would always do righteously, we would always love mercy and we would always walk humbly with God. This, the Holy Spirit daily aids us to do by working in us to will and to do of God’s good pleasure. And the day will come and we are pining for it, when, being entirely free from this hampering body, we shall serve Him day and night in His Temple and shall render to Him an absolutely perfect obedience, for, “they are without fault before the Throne of God.”
Tonight I shall have a task quite sufﬁcient if I dwell only upon the third requirement, “Walk humbly with your God,” asking ﬁrst, What is the nature of this humility? And secondly, Where does this humility show itself?