In his last days, and when his body was becoming increasingly frail, an old man used to tell his grandson that he should appreciate the simple pleasures that he is blessed with, even if it is as simple as walking. Indeed, there is much joy to be had from walking. It gives time to stop and smell the flowers, commune with ourselves and, especially for us who believe, commune with Jesus and our Father.

There is also something supernatural about walking with God. Something happens to us and we become transformed.

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.” Genesis 17:1

When we spend time with God, intimate time with Him, walking before Him, we allow Him to guide us, instruct us, show us what to do, where do go, how to live. Not only that, just like parents make their children walk before them literally; God makes us walk before Him so that He can protect us from the dangers and troubles that lie ahead and make sure that we do not get ourselves into trouble. That is why, when we walk before God, we become blameless, just like Noah.

“Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9

In fact, The Message presents Noah like this,

“But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah.
This is the story of Noah: Noah was a good man, a man of integrity in his community. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:8-9 [MSG]

When we spend time with God, He rubs off on us, and we become, once again, like Him, in His image, just the way He meant things to be from the beginning.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;” Genesis 1:26

And if we spend time with God, miraculous things happen.

“So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:23

Enoch walked with God and walked straight into Heaven.

Beloved, our Father always intended to spend intimate time with us. And the image of walking is often used to denote closeness and companionship, two things which Jesus wants very much to share with us. For as the prophet Amos tells us,

“Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Amos 3:3

And you know what? Be not afraid when you read that line because God does not qualify us before we walk with Him. He did not tell Abram to clean himself, confess his sins, before walking before Him. No, being blameless came as a result of walking before Him. Similarly for Noah, he did not walk with God because he was a good man of integrity, he was a good man of integrity because he walked with God.

But more than that, God is not in His own realm, distant from us where we need to approach and reach Him. He is there with us and will never leave us for He has said,

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

This means that when we walk with Him, He is right there with us and He agrees with us. For he tells us,

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

And in the areas of our lives which do not agree with Him, He will gently guide us and lead us out from those things which are bad for us, just as the apostle Paul says,

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Indeed, we were made to walk with God. And when we walk with God, good things will always happen and we will be producing good works naturally, effortlessly, because our Father has already prepared for us all the good which will come out from us.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

So let us walk as the apostle Paul tells us to,

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

And let Jesus guide us because,

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Because when we let Him lead us as the loving Shepherd does,

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23: 2-4

In the end, we know that,

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.” Psalm 23:6

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