The Joy And Great Benefits Of Walking With God
In this life, God expects that we should apart from working for Him that most importantly we should walk with him. This is so because there are some who are working for God but are not walking with God.
It is only when we walk with God that we can reach our destination even against all odds. There are great men and women of God who at one time or the other were doing exploits for the kingdom but later they lost out because they left walking with God.
It was said of Noah in Genesis 6:8-9 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
In other words, it was said explicitly of Noah that he was just and perfect in his generation and he walked with God. Also Micah 6:8 has this to say, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God”?
Assuming walking along the country lane with your close friend you imagine how enjoyable it is as you are in close proximity. You talk, laugh, listen, and share your hearts with that person. It is similar to walking with God.
However, before you can enjoy walking with someone you must have an intimate relationship with him or her. In other words, you cannot walk comfortable with your enemy. It is so with God as Romans 8:5-8 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
This is because to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
In other words, we must first enter into an intimate heart relationship with God through faith in His Son and be spiritually minded. Walking with God is often called “walking in the Spirit” Galatians 5:16
That is to say as Romans 8:4-5 puts it “the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
As said, before we can walk with God, we must first enter into an intimate heart relationship with God through faith in His Son as (Hebrews 10:22) puts it, He becomes our heart’s greatest desire. Knowing Him, hearing His voice, sharing our hearts with Him, and seeking to please Him become our all-consuming focus.
Just as walking with a close friend requires saying “no” to many other things, so walking with God requires letting go of anything that would be a distraction. If we were on a walk with a friend, but we play along the whole time, the walk would not be satisfying for either of us.
Many people attempt to walk with God, but they bring along kazoo-like habits, sins, worldly entertainments, or unhealthy relationships. They know these things are not God’s choice for them, but they pretend everything is fine. The relationship is not satisfying to either of them.
Again, we must be in a perfect agreement with God before we can walk with Him. That means that we and God are in agreement about our life. See Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
To walk with God means you have aligned your will with His and seek every day to consider yourself “crucified with Christ” as the book of Galatians 2:20 puts it. We don’t have to be perfect, as no one is. See Romans 3:10 “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one”
However, our heart’s desire is to be pleasing to God, and you are willing to let His Spirit conform us to the image of His Son Romans 8:29. When we walk with God, our spirits are harmoniously in turn with the Holy Spirit. It is then we can hear him and receive direction (instruction) from Him.
If we read the scriptures, we will see the benefits derived from walking with God as evidenced in the lives of people who walked with God. The first of such men is David who was reputed as the king of Israel who fought the greatest wars in history without losing any battle or sustained any battle wound.
The reason why David was able to do this was because he walked with God and was constant and does nothing without enquiring from God. See 1Samuel 23:2&4 “Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah”.
Verse 4 “Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand”.
Also in 1Samuel 30:8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
See also 2Samuel 2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the LORD said unto him, Go up. And David said, whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.
Also in 2Saamuel 5:19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
Moreover, see also 2Samuel 5:23; 1 Chronicles14:10; 1 Chronicles14:14. Like David, if we walk with God, we could fight many battles in life but we will never lose any battle in life.
Another person was Abraham, See Genesis 12:1-3 “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family And from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; And in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
In James 2:23, “And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. If we are just and obedient to walk with God, we can as well be said to be a friend of God. Shalom.