It has been many years since the missionary to the Lisu people, Russell Morse, came to Watonga, Oklahoma. He was weary from the day and needed rest. My Dad, Herman Siemens, took him to his house. They walked and talked in a garden of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees. When Dad died in 1979, I often thought about both men walking and glorying in a walk in Heaven on the golden streets by the glassy sea.
Walking with a friend deepens a friendship. Jesus walked with his disciples, teaching them as they walked along. Just as Jesus walks with us when we call upon him by name today and every day. It is not the walk, but the fellowship that deepens our relationship with Jesus. The lyrics of a song from long ago gives me joy. I walked today where Jesus walked, In days of long ago.I wandered down each path He knew, With reverent step and slow.
What breaks the fellowship with God? Or should I ask, what is holy living? When the insistent world takes our minds elsewhere than on God, and living his way, we lose that closeness.
What is our first response when things do not go our way? Anger, standing on principle, jealousy, envy and self-centered pride. When we live in God’s way – our first and last response is love and forgiveness. This can’t take place unless we have asked God into our hearts and daily lives. We live in and through Christ Jesus in an unbroken communion with our Lord and friend. That, my friend, is walking with God.
Enoch was the first man who walked with God for three hundred and sixty-five years. He discovered the pure delight in walking with God. He learned to commune with God through every facet of his life. What was the result of his close communion with God? He did not die. And and he was not, for God took him (Genesis 5:22–24).
The beginning step of walking with God is found in Psalm 37:3-5.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Did you find the promises in these verses? You will live safely in the land and prosper, He will give you your heart’s desires, and He will help you. That is holy living. Holy living is not giving up anything, but adding peace and joy through faithful and obedient living. It is learning to be gentle, kind and good. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Noah was another man who walked with God. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Genesis 6:9. How long did it take for Noah to build the ark? How long did people taunt him? How did his wife, three sons and their wives react? There are many questions we could ask, but the bottom line is, So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him. Genesis 6:22.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Psalm 37:23.
Truly worshiping means resting in His Promises and Love. Feeling and knowing His Presence surrounds us. The desire to walk with Him, and place all the world’s anxieties in the box marked – Trust Him – Do Not Open. Opening His Word and let His Spirit speak truth and life to us – that is worshiping. Casting away…all that is evil from your mind. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
A. W. Tozer states that the goal of every Christian should be to ‘live in a state of unbroken worship.’ This can only happen when we walk with the Lord.
When we walk with God, we need to leave the weights of sin, unholy living, unhealthy relationships behind and cleave only to God Himself who gives us rest, forgiveness, love and the joy of life.
† - He has told you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord really wants from you: He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, and to live obediently before your God. Micah 6:8
† - Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world. Philippians 2:15
† - When they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and discovered that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
† - Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2