I am a walker. I have been a walker for most of my life. Most mornings, I get up way early to walk. I have a really good friend that meets me at that hour and we will walk three to five miles each morning. I thoroughly enjoy this time of visiting with this old friend and talking through life and walking.
Much of my life I have walked alone. I have had some really great moments with God while walking alone. Especially right after Mike died, God was totally walking with me. Not that He isn’t today, but there was so much of a presence in those very dark days when I was searching so desperately for light. Walking is just really big in my life
Walking is also big in the Bible. Obviously, physically, they had to walk everywhere they went. But, there are several times in the Bible where “walking” is used to symbolize living. In Philippians 1, Paul writes, “Walk worthy of the gospel of Christ.” What he is saying in this is that we need to live lives as close to being worthy of the sacrifice that was made for us as we can. Certainly, we can never live anywhere close to worthy of God sending His Son to die for us, but we can live a life that shows appreciation and gratitude for what was done for us. We can walk worthy.
In the book of Micah, it says, “He has made it clear to you what is good and what the Lord requires of you – act justly, treasure God’s great love, and walk humbly in the company of God.” Walk in the company of God. That is such a sweet phrase. When I walk with Kathy in the mornings, we pretty much have to be going the same direction for us to walk together. There are others that we see, occasionally who are walking at the same time as us, but we are not walking together. If we want to walk together, we have to be going the same direction, in each other’s company. Pretty simple concept.
If we want to walk with God, we have to be going in the same direction He is going. In Deuteronomy, it says we are to “walk in His ways.” In Romans, it says we are to “walk with decency.” And the best one of all, in 1 John, John says we are to “walk just as Jesus walked.”
So what does your walk look like these days? Are you walking with God, or are you meeting Him on this street occasionally and just waving? We have to walk in His direction if we want to go where He wants us to be. And certainly, our goal should always be to live where He planned for us to live, doing what He planned for us to do.
Schools and colleges are getting ready to start right now. More or less. What greater time than this to examine where God’s path is leading. Each day get up and make that vow to God that you will walk with Him this day. That you will stay on the path WITH Him. That you will walk worthy and in obedience every step of the way. You will be amazed at how much better your life will go when you walk with God.
There is an old song that says, “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.” Those are great words and they are so true. You will never know true joy until you learn to spend time walking with the Father each day. It will make a difference!