‘Walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8)
Pride is one of our greatest evils; to indulge it is to nourish a serpent within. The grace of God always humbles us; and it is only as we are humble that we can be happy. God condescends to walk with the humble person, but He keeps the proud at a distance.
Consider what you were by nature, what now lurks in your heart, what you would have been, but for the grace of God, and then be humble. All you have is the gift of free grace; all you do that is good, is the effect of God’s working in you. What have you got to be proud about? What reason to boast?
Friends, lie low in the dust of self-abasement; cherish humbling thoughts of yourself; admire the mercy, condescension, and infinite compassion of God in noticing so vile, so unworthy a worm! Study the character and conduct of the humble Jesus, learn of Him, and endeavour to walk as Jesus walked.
Serve the Lord in all humility of mind. But beware counterfeit humility; for it is no humility which rests contented without seeking for the utmost God has promised, or aiming at the highest duties God has commanded.
By faith in Christ I walk with God,
With heaven, my journey’s end, in view;
Supported by His staff and rod,
My road is safe and pleasant too.
Though earth and hell my course withstand,
JEHOVAH guards me by His hand.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘O Lord, I do this day, afresh surrender myself, and all that I have to thee. Give me faith to believe that this enactment is ratified in heaven, and will appear as my record on high. To all this I heartily agree, and fervently and solemnly desire to live up to this covenant, made in Christ for the welfare of my soul.’