But the Lovers of God walk on the highway of light and their way shines brighter and brighter until they bring forth the perfect day.” Proverbs 5:18
From the very beginning God wanted a walking partner. In the beginning of time as we know, God had a relationship with Adam and Eve that found them “walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). God created man and woman for the enjoyment of a walking relationship that involved companionship, dialogue, intimacy, joint decision-making, mutual delight, and shared dominion. God longs to walk with you.
The analogy of walking and the Christian life is used throughout Scripture. Over and over you find the picture and metaphor of “walking.” The Christian faith is one of movement. It is not merely sitting on the sidelines and observing but a faith that has action.
Here are just a few verses I pulled together that shows this truth.
- Ephesians 5:2 – we are to walk in love
- Psalm 81:13 – God calls us to walk in His ways.
- I Kings 2:4 – The Lord commands us to walk before Him in truth.
- Galatians 5:16-17 – the apostle Paul exhorts us to walk by the spirit.
- Deut. 6:7 – God instructs the children of Israel that they shall teach His truths diligently to their sons and daughters and talk of them when they sit in their house and when they walk by the way… when they lie down and when they rise up……
But what does it mean to walk with God? It is NOT merely living by rules and regulations or making daily resolutions that we quickly break. It is much more than that.
The prophet Amos revealed an important truth about what it means to walk with God when he asked, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3 nkjv). The word he used for “together” gives the idea of two people moving in rhythm together, as in riding a tandem bicycle. But it is not about getting God into rhythm with us; it is getting ourselves into rhythm with Him. That is what it means to walk with God.
How, then, do we walk with God and grow closer to Him? The most important way is by spending time with Him—listening to Him as He speaks to us in the Bible, and talking with Him in prayer. Just as human friendships weaken and die if we never spend time together, so our relationship with God will grow cold if we never spend time with Him. Set aside time every day—even if it’s only a few minutes —to be alone with God.
Jesus reminded His followers, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Even when you’re busy, you can still talk with Him and follow Him – he is only a whisper away.
Your heavenly Creator desires to have an intimate relationship with you-to walk with you, just as He did with Adam & Eve, which is why his arms of grace have been pulling you into a closer walk with him.
Today, through Christ, you can explore the glorious riches of knowing God like the men and women of the bible did—and to even a greater degree because of the Spirit which has been given to us!
“Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness. As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that through the power of these tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.” 2 Peter 1:3-5 Passion Translation
***Photo credit: walking path in my neighborhood – North Houston, Tx.
Lisa Roitsch is a certified Christian Counselor and is the Founder and Director of Power of His Love Ministries. Lisa and her husband disciple and mentor couples in having the best marriage possible. Together, they have walked side by side, with God, through the good, bad and ugly for over 30 years. They have 3 grown daughters and one son-in-love!!