There are quite a few mind-twisting concepts, statements, and words in the Bible such as "propitiation," "sanctification," and "regeneration." If you think those are relatively tame, I challenge you to tackle the book of Revelation.
But, seriously, despite these things, I feel there is still one word not many have thought about as being a difficult word to understand, comprehend, and live out. I am talking about the word "walk." So you respond, "are you kidding? The word 'w-a-l-k' as in 'putting one foot in front of the other?'" Yes, THAT word.
After all, “walking” is referenced well over 200 times in the Bible. The first reference to walking comes as early as Genesis 3:8, where Adam and Eve “heard the Lord God walking about in the Garden in the cool of the evening.” Also, one of the most preached “walking story” of Jesus is the post-resurrection event of traveling along with the two disciples on the road towards Emmaus.
For us, walking is obviously one of the Bible’s most vivid metaphors for how godly people should live. In a positive way, it shows us how to “walk in newness of life” and how to “walk” on the right paths and how to avoid walking along the wrong paths of the world.
Yet, in the end, all this “pedestrian talk” as a Christian, is hard and takes committed effort. It is challenging. It takes great discipline, obedience, surrender and sacrifice. So, the walking that I am talking in this BLOG is about walking with God.
I am talking about having such a deep, devoted, personal, intimate and loving relationship with God that you can truly and honestly walk with your heavenly Father spiritually and physically every moment of your life.
Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the day. Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:22) as did Noah (Genesis 6:9). THIS is why "walk" is the hardest word to understand. The fact that the Creator of the universe wants to be more than "just God" to me...more than just "up there in Heaven."
One of God's greatest desires is for us to come near...close...even closer. James 4:8 tells us, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you….” Am I willing to get "up close and personal" with God or have I come too comfortable staying at a distance?
May we discover a whole new meaning to the word "walk" when it involves deepening and strengthening our relationship with God. Blessings to you along the journey.