By Johnie Edwards
There is no finer place to walk than with God! It has been said of few men that they walked with God. There are some men we are not allowed to walk with due to the social, political, monetary or some other area of prestige. But, we can walk with God. To walk with God, we must:
Agree With God
Amos asked, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). It is not that God must agree with us, but that we must agree with what God has said. Too many want to argue with the teachings of God rather than just agreeing with what God has said. Being in submission to God simply involves bringing my will in harmony with God’s. It is as Jesus prayed, “. . .not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Man. 26:39).
Walk By Faith
There are some things that I must just accept by faith, that is because God said it! You do know, “but without faith it is impossible to please him …” (Heb. 11:6). Paul wrote the Corinthians, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). We must have the kind of faith Paul had in a storm at sea, when told there would “be no loss of any man’s life among you” (Acts 27:22). Paul said, “. . .for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me” (Acts 27:25). Enoch and Noah, who were said to have walked with God (Gen. 5:24; 6:9) operated by “faith” (Heb. 11:5, 7).
Walk In The Light
John penned these words, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). To walk in the light is to walk according to the word of God for the Psalmist said, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The entrance of thy words giveth light” (Ps. 119:105, 130). Too many try to walk according to their own steps, but Jeremiah re-corded, “0 Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
One reason God said that Enoch walked with him was that Enoch “pleased God” (Heb. 11:5). One of our prob-lems today is that too many want to do the things which please themselves rather than pleasing God! The Holy Spirit said, “For even Christ pleased not himself ” (Rom. 15:3). “Will worship” (Col. 2:23), is nothing more than men pleasing themselves as they worship. Many try to justify instrumental music in worship because they “like it” and thus are going to have it!
Fear motivated Noah to walk with God. The respect Noah had for God and his word caused Noah to do what God requested (Heb. 11:7). There just is not enough respect for God anymore. The wise man summed up man’s whole duty in these words: “Fear God, and keep his commandments” (Eccl. 12:13).
One reason Noah was said to have “walked with God” (Gen. 6:9), was due to his complete obedience to God’s will. There is no finer summary statement of Noah’s obedience than these words: “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he” (Gen. 6:22).
Are you walking with God?
Guardian of Truth XLI: 2 p. 9
January 16, 1997