Monday, March 16, 2015

Micah Chapter 6 verse 8

Walk Humbly (or Modestly) with your God (Micah 6:8)

Of the more than one-dozen Bible versions listed here, the greater number of them render the instruction in the latter part of the verse as telling us to walk humbly with God. The Douay-Rheims Bible (the first English-language Catholic Bible) used an interesting word instead of humbly. It used “solicitous,” which carries some interesting nuances in meaning. Depending on application, it can mean "manifesting deep interest" or being "meticulously careful" and "full of desire." When applied to our walking with God, all those things should be true. Our walking "with" God (or on HIS path) means that we would manifest a deep interest in what pleases God; we would be meticulously careful to stay on the path he wants and we would be full of desire to absorb whatever he tells us as we walk with him and wanting to please him.

Along with being humble is being modest. And so it is that the New World Translation (2013 edition) renders those words in Micah as “to walk modestly with your God.” The Watchtower of November 1, 2012, on page 22, made the following observation: ““To be modest in walking with your God.” In the Bible, the phrase “to walk” means “to follow a certain course of action.” We walk with God by following the life course he has outlined in the Bible. We need “to be modest” in pursuing such a course. How so? When we are modest before God, we realistically evaluate our position before him and recognize our limitations. Therefore, “to walk modestly with” means to have a realistic view of what he requires and of what we can give.”

The thrust of the whole article was to comfortingly demonstrate that Jehovah is not unreasonably harsh and demanding. He knows our weaknesses and our strengths. He wants us to do our best. But coming back to the use of the word “modest.” Many I talk to view modesty as dealing with moral and sexual behavior, dress and grooming. Indeed those ideas are part of being modest. But there is more. True godly modesty affects the way we treat others. How is this modest? Because we give way to the instruction that God gives us instead of acting on imperfect traits to be less than loving to others. Modesty and humility also affect the way we view ourselves. It affects our whole life.

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