Read Micah 6:1-8. Many people spend a lifetime pursuing happiness and yet never seem to find it. In one small verse, God sets out the requirements for finding true happiness. We’ve looked at the first two requirements over the last two days. Today, we explore the final one.
Are you growing in your journey with God? Or are you stuck? Many Christians fail to reach spiritual maturity because they think they’ve got it all together, that once they’ve reached a certain stage in life that they have arrived and there’s nowhere else to go.
But if we want to be truly happy, God says we must “walk humbly” with him. The Hebrew word translated as “humbly” is haṣnēaʿ which doesn’t just mean being modest and self-effacing. It also has the meaning of being teachable, of never stopping learning and growing as we are attentive to God, walking with him and watching him during our journey together. It requires us to pay attention to God’s will rather than our own, looking to him for guidance and correction, where needed.
How can we be sure we are walking humbly with God? The best way is to give ourselves a regular check up. We could ask God each day what he wants us to work on. That should keep all of us going for a long while! Happiness comes from continuing to grow in Christ.
As Jesus encourages:
Matthew 11:29–30 M:BCL
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Walk humbly with Jesus and you can find happiness today!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
- Do you honestly think you have grown spiritually in the last year? Why or why not?
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