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Are you Walking With God?

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When I read about the people in the Bible, I am often impressed by the commendations given to them in the scriptures:

David: “And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ (Acts‬ ‭13:22‬ ‭ESV)

Moses: “And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face…” (Deuteronomy 34.10-12, ESV)

Abraham: ““Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.” (James 2.23, ESV)

Noah: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6.9, ESV)

Even more intriguing are those of whom we know little, like Enoch:

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.

~ Hebrews 11.5, ESV

What we know of Enoch’s life is summed up in Genesis 5.18-24. At age 65, he became the father of Methuselah—the oldest recorded man. We know that after Methuselah was born, Enoch walked with God for three hundred years and had other sons and daughters. After three hundred years his body was not found, for the scripture says, “God took Him.” We also know he was the great-grandfather of Noah, and in the lineage of Christ.

The best commendation he receives is the one that counts the most: “Enoch walked with God for 300 years.”

I haven’t even been alive for half a century; three hundred years is unfathomable. I’ve seen enough of life to know I don’t want to live for three hundred years. One thing is certain: Enoch’s walk demanded long-term dedication.

This idea of walking with God comes up again and again in the scriptures. Noah walked with God. Moses commanded the people to “walk in all [God’s] ways.” The apostle John commanded Christians to “walk in the light as [God] is in the light.” The apostle Paul wrote “walk by the Spirit” and “keep in step with the Spirit.”

We know we are supposed to walk with God, but what does that look like?

It’s More Than Words.

“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

~ 1 John 1.5-7, ESV (emphasis mine)

Pay close attention to the verbs in this passage. If we say one thing (we have fellowship with God) while doing another (walking in darkness), we lieWe may talk a good game, but does our life reflect what we say?

Walking with God is more than verbal assent, it’s a lifestyle. What we do speaks volumes above anything we say. The people commended as faithful may have messed up here and there, but they consistently repented and returned to following God until death.

Do my actions reflect the light of Christ or the darkness of the world? Are my priorities indicative of walking with God or gratifying self?

It Means We are Going Somewhere

I’ve been on my fair share of hikes to hitherto unseen destinations. I had confidence that the people who made the path and the trail guides were going to lead me to this lake or that landmark. I would trudge the well-worn, and sometimes precarious paths that hundreds of feet had walked before me in order to see whatever it was worth seeing.

God has given us a trail guide in His word, and we have a great cloud of witnesses who have walked the path of faith ahead of us, pointing the way to heaven. We have confidence because God is the one who made the way in the first place. I often feel like I’m wandering aimlessly, especially when my plans go astray. However, I am also learning that this wilderness trail leads to the ultimate destination, and God will get me there if I keep following in faith.

Existentialists believe that life is meaningless; there is nothing after death. To them, life is basically a treadmill exercise and we’re going nowhere when we die. Get what you can while the gettin’s good.

Which would you rather be? An existentialist on a hamster wheel or a Christian on the road to heaven?

Walking with God is not a waste of energy. We have a destination and a purpose.

It Requires Endurance.

In High School, I went on a backpacking hike with my Bio-Chem class in Yosemite. We strapped on some heavy packs and made our way to a grove of Redwoods to camp overnight. It was a beautiful trek and worth every aching muscle.

That backpack though… there were many times I wanted to chuck it into the trees! It was bulky and uncomfortable on my small frame. More than once I wanted to stop walking or turn back to the valley for some R-N-R.

Life gets heavy like that backpack. Sometimes we just want to quit and cast it all away. Sometimes, we just want the story to end. Moses and Elijah—the great lawgiver and the great prophet—both had moments when they wanted to stop. They did what you and I should do; they called upon the Lord in their distress and He heard them. He strengthened them and provided the help they needed to stay the course.

If we turn around and go back to living like everyone else, we will miss the greatest opportunity in history. If we cast away our faith, we lose the eternal reward. Don’t stop. Don’t turn around. Take God’s hand and keep walking.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

~ Hebrews 10.35-36, ESV

Walking with God means Talking With God

Companionable silence has it’s moments. My spouse and I spend plenty of time together saying nothing. I’m usually the chatty one anyway—just look at the word length on my posts! If I did all the talking, however, I would never benefit from my spouse’s excellent insight.

On the other hand, if we never communicated at all, that would put a definite strain on our relationship. We talk about everything—and we’ve been doing that since we started dating. Whenever we’ve been apart for more than a day, we’ve always connected via phone or text, even if all we said was “I love you” or “How was your day?” or “I miss you.” To successfully “do life” together, we maintain strong lines of communications.

Do we take time to listen to God? Do we share our lives with Him? Do we tell him our dreams? Fears? Needs? Do we thank Him when something beautiful comes along? Prayer without study or study without prayer is one-sided communication—the two need to go together. Valuable companionable silence with God comes by sitting quietly, saying nothing, meditating on God and all that He has done.

Do we only reach out to God when disaster strikes? Do we only listen half-heartedly on Sundays? Does he only cross our mind when when a verse slides through our Facebook feed? That’s not the makings of good communication…

Walking with God means talking with God. Listen to the Word daily. Pray to the Lord—daily. Don’t “do life” without God.


Are you walking with God or wandering alone?

Walking with God is worth every narrow trail, every difficult climb. He will never leave us or forsake us.

What will you choose?

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30 thoughts on “Are you Walking With God?

  1. Amen! I need some exercise and stress relief, so I’ve taken to literally walking and talking to God. It’s incredible how healing that is, how calming. I’m not very good at the “daily” part, but simply deciding to take a literal walk with God can be so refreshing.

    I know a woman who “goes out to coffee with God,” which makes me laugh,but she actually schedules a date and goes to a coffee shop and reads devotionals,the bible, journals. There is something valuable in that deliberate and intentional time with God, not unlike having a date. We did once walk hand in hand with Him,in the cool of the evenings,in a perfect garden. In Christ we can have that kind of relationship again.

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    1. I like that—a literal walk & talk with Go. Sometimes my best prayers are the ones when I am working (alone) and praying as I go along. I think we all struggle with maintaining “the daily,” but that is where we are reminded of how much we need His mercy. The older I get, the more I really grasp how much I need grace.

      I also like that example of a coffee date with God—intentionality is a beautiful thing. 🙂

      Thanks for your great thoughts, IB. I always love hearing from you. May God bless you with an ever-closer relationship with Him.

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  2. My blogging has strengthened my walk with God. Each day as I sit down at the keyboard, I search for just the right words and feel Him directing me. I always depend on the Bible to guide me as well, since it is His voice to us.

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    1. I find blogging is a huge help as well! It’s a sort of an accountability tool for me. The Bible is such an amazing gift! Thank you for all you do on your blog to encourage me and thank you for your comment. God be with you!

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  3. Elihu, a much-needed challenge. “We must not grow weary in doing good” (Gal 6:9). And talking, listening, walking with God is good. For as the rest of the verse above promises, “we will reap a harvest of blessings at just the right time.”
    Grace and peace,
    Beckie

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  4. I found your post very intrieging as this is something I had never considered in great detail before. I also like posts which inlcude a personal reflection or story like your own. I’d love it if you could read some of my Christian blog too – rcghub.wordpress.com

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  5. Thank you for these challenging words, Elihu. I enjoyed what you said here: “Walking with God is more than verbal assent, it’s a lifestyle. What we do speaks volumes above anything we say.” As James makes clear, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but not works. Can that faith save him?” Same is true today. While our works don’t save us, our works reveal we have true faith. Blessings!

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