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7/3/13 at 12:44 PM 0 Comments

What Does Walking With God Mean?

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Jack Wellman, 2013 - This picture is art work from the author's late mother, Betty Ruth Wellman, painted in 1986.

I have heard people say that they know of someone who is “walking with God.” That saying reminds me of James McDonald whose ministry “Walk in the Word” does just that in their teachings. But what does the Bible mean when someone does walk with God? Are there ways we can walk with God? What hinders our walking with God?

Enoch Walks With God

Enoch was said to have walked with God. In fact in Hebrews chapter 11 in what is called the “Hall of Faith” it says “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God” (Heb 11:5). What I noticed was that Enoch, by faith, was taken up so that he didn’t even die. Where it says that “and he was not found” indicates that they were looking for him and they couldn’t find him. This was because “God had taken him” and “before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.“ Going back to Genesis 5:22-24 is says, “Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
It is obvious that Enoch walked with God and walk by faith and this pleased God so much that He must have thought, “Okay Enoch, up here!” Wow. Enoch is only one of two men (Elijah the other) to have never tasted death.

Bible Verses on Walking With God

Romans 13:13 “Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”

Clearly if we are walking honestly we are in step with God and walking with Him. If someone is involved in rioting and drunkenness, then who can keep step with anyone? Also, walking “as in the day” means that we are not walking at night in darkness for men (sinners) love the darkness for their deeds are evil (John 3:19) but if we walk in the day, that means we are in the light for no one openly does evil the broad daylight (normally at least).

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

God has ordained works for us ahead of time that we should do them to glorify God and these have been planned long ago. These good works are “unto” or for the glory of Jesus Christ and “we should walk in them.” If we walk in these good works, ordained by God, and for Jesus’ glory, then we are walking with God.

Deuteronomy 5:33 “You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.”

We know that we are to love one another and to obey the Ten Commandments, to the best of our ability anyway. When we love God and love our neighbor as ourselves, we are walking in “in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded” us. Walking in God’s commands is walking with God and this is good because the result is: “that we may live, and that it may be well with [us] and that [we] may prolong [our] days."

Second Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Easy to say, hard to do. Walking with the eyes of faith is like trusting in God despite what your eyes tell you…or even your mind might be saying to you. When we walk by faith and don’t trust our own eyes, we say, “God I trust you even though I don’t know where I am going.” When we walk by faith, we walk with God. Truly it is impossible to please God if we don’t display trust in Him. In Hebrews 11:6 it says that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” It’s not just hard…it’s impossible to please God without faith. This faith is that He has our best interests in mind and believe “that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Conclusion

I believe that when we walk with God, we are not walking ahead of God, meaning walking ahead of His revealed will and where He desires we should go. Walking with God also means that we are not walking behind God or lagging behind God’s revealed will for us. When we walk with God, it means we are in step with Him, we are going to make the right turns, head in the right direction, and since we are walking with God, it is easier to fellowship with Him. This makes Amos 3:3 make more sense since it says “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

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Jack Wellman is a pastor and the Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.

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