What Does It Mean to Walk with God?

In various places in Scripture, we read about people who walked with God. 

“Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”

Genesis 5:22-24

“…Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.” 

Genesis 6:9

Abraham was told by God, “I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless.”

Genesis 17:1

And we are commanded to walk with God:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

Micah 6:8

But what does that mean? How do we walk with a Spiritual Being who is Lord over all the universe? 

Let’s look at three things that characterize what it means to walk with God:

Walking with God is directional.

I love to go on “walk & talks” with my husband or my friends. We head out from my house or meet at the park and walk around the track and use the time to catch up. It’s a fun way to get exercise and connect with one another. 

Here’s an important aspect of our walk: We both go in the same direction. Now that seems obvious when discussing a walk with a friend, doesn’t it? Of course, we go in the same direction! Otherwise, we can’t talk to each other!

In the same way, to walk with God means we must go the same direction that He is going. And He is going a direction. He is moving towards love, justice, mercy, kindness, self-control. He is supporting the widows and orphans. He is setting captives free and spreading the good news that He is King and is bringing His kingdom to us.

Now it’s also true that God is always with us. Which means that even if we wander off track and lose our way for a while, He is still with us. But to walk with Him means that He chooses the direction, and we join Him in what He is doing. 

Walking with God is conversational.

The best part of a walk & talk is the opportunity to catch up with my friend. We share what’s going on in our lives, tell stories, ask questions, and we laugh (and may even cry) together. Our time together leaves us feeling more connected.

While one of us sometimes dominates the conversation because of something pressing in life, we usually take turns sharing what’s going on. 

In the same way, walking with God involves talking with God. We can begin to see our prayer life as a walk & talk with God, not just something we do when we first wake up or when we lay our head down at night. We can talk with God throughout our day and ask Him questions, share our concerns, and laugh or cry together. 

Just like we wouldn’t consistently dominate the conversations with a friend, we need to leave time for God to speak to us through His Word, nature, the Holy Spirit, and sometimes through others.

Walking with God is transformational.

If I spend enough time with my friends, I am changed and can even begin to think, speak, or act like them.

The beauty of walking with God is the powerful transformation that materializes. The fruit of the Spirit—the results of the Holy Spirit working in us as we spend time with Him—begin to blossom. We find ourselves more patient with our colleagues, more likely to be kind to our spouse, more able to control our tongue. We find our own sin disgusting and see ourselves loving people as God loves them. We want to spend more time with Him, we want to study His Word, and we hunger for His return.

Walking with God is hard because it requires consistency and dedication. It goes against the grain of our society, and it requires that we sacrifice our time. But it’s the greatest walk we’ll ever go on. We have the privilege—the privilege—of walking with the God of the universe. He really wants to walk with us. He truly wants to hear from us. It’s the most beautiful and mind-blowing adventure we’ll ever know.

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