Walking with God is what man was made for. The bible says in a place: what does the Lord your God want from you, it is to walk humbly with him (Micah 6:8). Adam and Eve rejected a walk with God, decided to take their destiny into their own hands wrecking it in the process (Genesis 3:1-10). Life is not worth living if not in the context of a walk with God.
Jesus came to bring the reality of a walk with God to bear on the earth. He modeled a walk with God, and that was a core aspect of the discipleship training that the twelve apostles went through while they were with him, for three plus years.
A major part of Jesus’ walk with God was a life of prayer. They saw how his life was marked with prayer and at a time, they were forced to ask him to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1), letting them in on the secret of his relationship with God. And he did that. Therefore after Jesus left for heaven after his resurrection, they reminded themselves of the importance of prayer, when distractions wanted to come it (Acts 6:1-4).
The church of God should be a massive prayer movement, pushing forth the agenda of the kingdom in these days, spurred by a pure devotion to Christ and his agenda. That was what Noah exemplified; a pure devotion to God and his agenda.
Noah was told to build an ark, and he acted by faith to get it done (Hebrews 11:6-7).The bible also says that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). A walk with God is only possible by faith because God’s word says that we walk by faith and not by sight (2Corinthians 5:7). You can’t see God therefore, to effectively walk with him; it has to be by faith. It has to be through the eyes of our heart (Ephesians 1:18).
You cannot follow your own will and follow God at the same time, even Jesus Christ could not do that.
David wrote: even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil because the Lord who is my shepherd is with me (Psalm 23). The Lord being your shepherd means that you follow him everywhere so that you don’t get lost.
Do you have a feeling of being lost? It may be because you shook off your shepherd sometimes ago. It may be that you decided to chart a path for yourself and you are finding out that it is dangerous to not follow your shepherd of our soul, you could be eaten by a bear or lion in the jungle of this life.
Jesus calls himself the good shepherd (John 10:14). The shepherd gives direction. There should not be any aspect of your life that your are self-directing, shutting God out. There needs to be total submission to the will of God in you (James 4:7), not out of fear but out of realisation of how great he is and how much he loves you, as your father; better than any natural father in the whole world (Matthew 7:7-11).
He wants us to ask anything that we want, so that our joy will be full (John 16:24). He is after our joy. God is not a kill-joy, and we are called to love him with all our heart, soul and strength (Luke 10:27), in response to his love for us (1John 4:10, 19).
Enoch was another person who walked with God. The bible said that he walked with God for three hundred years. He was in close fellowship with God (Genesis 5:21-24). His allegiance was to God above all others.
Therefore, John wrote that we should watch out so that the love of the world manifested in lust of the eyes and the flesh and the pride of life (1John 2:15-17) (all expressions of worldly devotion) would not be found in our lives because they run counter to the love of God.
Love has to do with passion. We should be passionate about God, about his glory. In the book of Revelation, there was a church being rebuked for being lukewarm, something had gone wrong with their love for God, and they were told to repent. You may need to do that to rescue your love for God from going down the drain.
The path of walking with God is the path of love. Jesus told the disciples: if you love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15). So, we cannot claim to walk with God if we won’t keep his word.
Jesus maintained a walk with God while on the earth, saying it is what he sees the father do that he does (John 5:19). That could not happen if he wasn’t close to the father. Actually, the father was in him and he was in the father (John 14:10). The father was in Him, in influence; he was in the father, for provision and protection.
As Christians we have the Spirit of the father in us, so that we can be influenced by the Father (just as Jesus was). The reality of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to walk with God.
And we are also in the father for our protection and provision. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote that he, who dwells in the secret place of the most high, abides under the shadow of the almighty (Psalm 91:1).
As Christians we are in Christ Jesus in God (Colossians 3:1-4). That is a double guarantee of provision and protection. We should live in that reality by faith; that is what it also means to walk with God.
Noah had a lot of things that could distract him in his time, but he was overcomer, and God said that he found him righteous in his generation. That means he was a lone ranger when it comes to righteousness in his time. So you don’t have the excuse that: oh it’s my friends, oh it’s my parents, it’s my background, it’s these pressures I am facing. You should regard walking with God as more important than any other thing. The choice is yours. You have these problems of external influence because you have refused to submit to the internal influence of God. You are walking by sight (external influence) and not by faith.
You are responsible for your own walk with God. As far as Noah was concerned, all the evil going on around him was call to more devotion, and not a sign that there was no point to his righteousness. He never said: if I can’t beat them, I’ll join them. He doesn’t have time to be distracted because he has a walk with God to be on.
- “…and He Was Not, for God Took Him” (aaronhalim.wordpress.com)
- Enoch walked with God (zacktalley.wordpress.com)
- Enoch walked with God (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
- Walking with God by William Cowper (sacollinsvogan.wordpress.com)
- Enoch walked with God (mydelightandmycounsellors.wordpress.com)
- Day 40: Walking with God to the ends of the earth (bishopbillmcalilly.com)