1 John 2:6 (KJV) He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
One of the distinctive features of the Biblical Patriarchs was the fact that they were people that “walked with God,” literally. Genesis 5:24 says:
“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
The term “walking with God” can be used as a metaphor for walking in righteousness and justice. (Proverbs 8:20) But from the beginning of Creation, God has always enjoyed making the time to literally walk with his servants. (Genesis 3:8)
Genesis 6:9 is an interesting passage. If we are to take the words literally, it seems that it is specifically saying that Noah was not only “righteous and blameless,” but that he literally “walked with God.” Of course, to think of this phrase as describing the level of intimacy between God and Noah would be a correct interpretation of the passage. But given the way in which God deals with his servants, it would also be correct to think that Noah literally “walked with God.” Leviticus 26:12 says:
And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
The phrase “Walking with God” is also used as a metaphor that point towards a humble willingness to be led like sheep by God. (Gen. 17:1; 48:15, et. al) This is an important imagery, because it stands in direct contradistinction to the symbology of a “stiff-necked” donkey that sits and refuses to move with its master. (Psalm 32:9; Proverbs 26:3; Numbers 22)
The Bible teaches us that Lord Jesus and his disciples walked extensively throughout the land of Israel and surrounding regions. In fact, many of his teachings were shared with his disciples while journeying towards their destination. (Mark 8:27; Luke 9:51-56, et. al.)
The last four years have been an extremely difficult journey for me. At times I have felt very lonely and without answers to the many questions and challenges that I have encountered along the way. My physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health was deteriorating due to the stress of ministry. The worst part of it all…was that in trying to convince nominal “Christians” to become disciples of Christ, I lost all sense of blissful intimacy with God. I became discouraged and lost all hope due to the spiritual slumber of almost every “Christian” I’ve encountered for years…
But several months ago I was inspired to make it a habit of going for a long walk every day- and to pray. Little by little, I have become blissfully conscious of God’s presence with me. In our conversations I have not held back my thoughts and feelings. I have arduously complained to him with tears- and he has listened to me, quietly. I have also shared with him my great need for him- and my great love for everything that he is.
But this whole time I thought that my walks were…”mine.” Today I realized, that these walks were not mine, but his. The pains that I have suffered in ministry, my woes and concerns for the slumber in Christ’s Church, and my firsthand realization that “many are called but few are chosen,” are actually HIS.
True friendships are oftentimes proven through perseverance under great pressure. This is God’s journey…These are God’s woes… These are his concerns… and he has chosen me as a friend and given me the honor of feeling a microcosm of his pains for his people, and his great desire to have fellowship with us.
The omnipotent God is a person that wants to have fellowship with us; he wants to share with us his joys and pains- he wants to have intimacy with us. He wants for us to “walk” with him and convince us to become his companions.
This morning…I came to the realization that my walks are his walks…and that I’ve been called to walk with him because he enjoys my company.
Amos 3:3 (NIV)- Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?