Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The God Who Walks

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. ~ Genesis 3:8
And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. ~ Genesis 5:22
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. ~ Genesis 6:9
I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. ~ Leviticus 26:12
And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul ... ~ Deuteronomy 10:12
But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul." ~ Joshua 22:5
... and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go ... ~ 1 Kings 2:3
"And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life." ~ 1 Kings 3:14
"He forsook the LORD, the God of his fathers, and did not walk in the way of the LORD." ~ 2 Kings 21:22
He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light ... ~ Lamentations 3:2
All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. ~ Micah 4:5 ... He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~ Micah 6:8
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ~ Mark 1:16
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" ~ Matthew 14:25-31
They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way. ~ Luke 4:29-30
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." ~ John 8:12
Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. ~ John 12:35
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, "What are you discussing together as you walk along?" ~ Luke 24:15-16
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. ~ 1 John 2:6
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. ~ Revelation 3:4

Here is a God who has wanted to walk with us since the very beginning. When we stopped walking the same direction He was going, all we could do was walk before Him. As we got further away, all we could do was walk in His ways. At last, we walked away ... all the way to captivity and estrangement and lamentations, alone. He spoke through his prophets of walking in hope, back toward Him. Then He came, in the flesh, and walked among us. He healed those who could not walk. He rescued those in engulfing water who tried to walk to Him, but couldn't. He walked a lifelong example for us, then walked up a hill with a cross on His back. He still walks with us in a different way now, and when He speaks our hearts burn within us, and we recognize Him in each word. It's the yearning to walk with Him again which ignites our spirits - and one day, washed and dressed in clean white, we will.

It's what He has wanted all along.

3 comments:

Donna G said...

Love it.

That Girl said...

Maybe on these afternoon walks, I should leave my ipod at home and listen to God as he walks with me!

kingdomseeking said...

And that yearning finds fulfillment as we walk behind (follow) him.

Grace and peace,

K. Rex Butts