Week 32 Word: Walk Humbly, Do Justly, Love Mercy
Week 32 Text: Micah 6:8
Written By: Lindsey Carlson
“No, 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)
This week, I had the opportunity to try stand up paddle boarding for the first time. I was thrilled to enter the water and successfully balance myself on the board. As I took in the beauty that surrounded me on the lake, I quickly realized I had floated a bit too far away from the shoreline. The wind was blowing and the waves were pushing me. I began to paddle and very quickly became anxious. My paddling didn’t seem to be effective; no matter how hard I tried, I was moving in the wrong direction. Panic rose. I could see where I wanted to go, but couldn’t seem to get there. Within a matter of seconds, I lost the ability to enjoy the view around me, and to stop paddling was to let the wind and waves carry me farther from the shore. I watched the other boarders pause occasionally to rest and enjoy the scenery, and they all seemed to just drift in the right direction. But not me! The discomfort that came from feeling like I was out of control immediately diminished my ability to enjoy the experience.
As we encounter choices or challenges in life, frustration often manifests because we feel like every effort to navigate successfully takes us farther from where we want to be. The difficulties surrounding our circumstances push us away from what is comfortable or desirable. The Lord gives us Micah 6:8 and asks us to do just three things: “Do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” It is important to be real about the fact that all three of these simple phrases can be incredibly difficult in the face of our humanity.
How do we best navigate? God blessed us with His word and truth in the Bible. We have access to it anytime to realign ourselves with the Lord and His purposes—our shore in the ocean of life. When direction seems unclear, scripture reminds us of God’s faithfulness to His people and His love for the broken. It is filled with examples of what is right and true, and how we are called to live our lives. It contains His promise that even when things are difficult, we are not alone. The Bible also reminds us how desperately Jesus wants us to stop paddling and to rest…which requires humility. He made the ultimate sacrifice to extend mercy to us so that we might, in turn, show mercy to others and to ourselves.
Guess how I got out of the middle of the lake? The group leader tethered my board to his, providing me with what I needed to get safely to shore. I was a little embarrassed, but also relieved. Once tethered, I found I was able to relax. I knew that no matter how hard the wind blew or how strong the waves were, I would remain headed in the right direction.
The journey to land was beautiful.
1. In what areas of your life do you find yourself “paddling” to try to change direction in the midst of unexpected challenges? List them, and then pray that God would equip you with the ability to rest in His provision.
2. Reflect on specific examples of when the Lord’s faithfulness has been evident in your life. Give thanks for His love and mercy.
3. Ask the Lord to reveal people in your life who are in need of His mercy. With the Spirit’s leading, make an effort to extend kindness and mercy to those people in a tangible way this week.