‘When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.”’ – Genesis 17: 1
Walk with me. Wouldn’t it be great if, like Abraham, we heard those words from God? After a long, stressful day at work, or a big, blow-up fight with your spouse, or when facing a huge life decision… Walk with me. On the days when we could really use a face-to-face with the Creator of the Universe, the only one who can see past the current crisis, how can we walk with God?
Just like any relationship, communication is key. It’s a two-way street: I speak and you listen; you speak and I listen. As you learn more about one another, trust, vulnerability, and intimacy develop. Learning to walk with God happens in the same way – by staying close to God through Jesus. We do this by speaking to God through our prayers and listening to God as He speaks through His Word. Simply, we begin to walk with God through prayer and reading the Bible.
Too often we approach God like a negotiator – we hand over a long list of requests backed up by the reasons we deserve them. But, let’s be honest. Is this really the type of friendship we want with anyone? Is this even really a friendship? It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that God wants something so much more with us.
Abraham, the only person in the Bible to be called a friend of God, talked with God – praises, doubts, regrets, everything. And he listened to God. Ultimately through it all, he trusted God. And that’s what made him so great. His faith was honest and real.
Through the good and the bad, through faith and doubts, Abraham walked with God. What about you? You have one life and one choice. Walk with God or walk alone. Which one will you choose?