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Walk, Don’t Run

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May 19, 2021 8:00 pm

Walk, Don’t Run

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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May 19, 2021 8:00 pm

I’d see her welcoming the dawn each day. She was our local power walker. As I drove my kids to school, she’d be there on the road’s shoulder. Equipped with an oversized pair of headphones and knee-high, colorful socks, she walked with an alternating movement of arms and feet, always with one foot in contact with the ground. The sport is different from running or jogging. Power walking involves an intentional restraint, a reining in of the body’s natural inclination to run. Although it doesn’t look like it, there’s just as much energy, focus, and power involved as in running or jogging. But it’s under control.

Power under control—that’s the key. Biblical humility, like power walking, is often viewed as weakness. The truth is, it’s not. Humility is not diminishing our strengths or abilities, but rather allowing them to be reined in much like the arms and legs and feet guided by the mind of an early morning power walker.

Micah’s words “walk humbly,” are a call for us to rein in our inclination to go ahead of God. He says to “act justly and love mercy” (6:8) and that can bring with it a desire to do something and do it fast. That’s fair since the daily injustices in our world are so overwhelming. But we are to be controlled and directed by God. Our goal is to see His will and purposes accomplished in the dawning of His kingdom here on earth.

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Welcome in. It's time for hope and encouragement from Our Daily Bread. The devotional for today was written by John Blaise and it's titled, Walk Don't Run. I'd see her welcoming the dawn each day. She was our local power walker.

As I drove my kids to school, she'd be there on the road's shoulder. Equipped with an oversized pair of headphones and knee-high colorful socks, she walked with an alternating movement of arms and feet, always with one foot in contact with the ground. The sport is different from running or jogging. Power walking involves an intentional restraint, a reining in of the body's natural inclination to run.

Although it doesn't look like it, there's just as much energy, focus, and power involved as in running or jogging. But it's under control. Power under control. That's the key. Biblical humility, like power walking, is often viewed as weakness.

The truth is, it's not. Humility isn't diminishing our strengths or abilities, but rather allowing them to be reined in much like the arms and legs and feet guided by the mind of an early morning power walker. Micah's words, to walk humbly, are a call for us to rein in our inclination to go ahead of God. He says in Micah 6-8, to act justly and to love mercy.

And that can bring with it a desire to do something and do it fast. That's fair since the daily injustices in our world are so overwhelming. But we are to be controlled and directed by God. Our goal is to see his will and purposes accomplished in the dawning of his kingdom here on earth. This is today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading.

It's from Micah, chapter 6, verses 6-8. Father, in this world, humility is seen as weakness and even those of us who seek to follow you are not immune. Our ultimate desire is to walk faithfully with you, Lord. Your ways are higher than our ways, and your ways lead to true life, while our ways lead us to death. Father, teach us so that our steps will be in line with you and your will. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name that we pray and live. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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