When I lived in Lebanon, I had to walk most places I wanted to go. Walking was often very limiting because it took 10 times as long to get any where. If I had to get groceries, I had to hitch a ride from a friend or colleague. Add to that the University was situated on a hill – a very steep hill mind you. Some days, it might as well have been Mt. Everest, with its impossibly almost vertical elevation.
Not only did I walk that hill, I often ran it for hill training – to condition myself to do fun runs in Beirut with a local running club.
By the time I left, I could walk and run that hill with little difficulty because I did it over and over again until my muscles remembered the ache and the pain of running. I did it until my lungs got accustomed to the extra oxygen they would need to make it to the end.
When I think of my walk with God, I know what it needs is consistency. So much of my life’s wins and misses have revolved around consistency. I know the results will come when I do the same thing over and over again. When I’m consistent.
In Micah Chapter 6, the Israelites asked, “How can we please you God? What do you want from us?” as though it were a mystery to them.
In some ways they acted like God would present them with a difficult answer, but God answered simply: consistency.
I want you to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God, consistently.