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Sacred Invitation

All of Scripture is this: an invitation to walk with God. A call to know Him and be known by Him. God initiates and tenderly lays out the opportunity to commune close and fellowship with Him, love Him, follow Him, walk with Him.

Are you walking closely with Him today?

I love seeing glimpses of this in Scripture—people who walked with God. We can learn from their experience.

The first who walked with God were His original image-bearers: Adam and Eve.

In Genesis we see God walk with man in the garden and give instructions and blessings (Genesis 1:28, 2:15–17). He walked with Eve and brought her to Adam, as a father walks his daughter down the wedding aisle to the waiting bridegroom (Gen. 2:22). And on a dark day, after the first couple turned in their hearts to disobey God, they heard Him walking in the garden.

But they didn’t walk with Him that day.

No, they hid. They didn’t run to God for companionship.

They hid.

We were made to walk with God, but sin isolates us from Him. 

Sin drives us to hide from God.

What a clear lesson for us. Is walking with God more appealing than my sin?

When I’m tempted by sin, this is what I need to remind myself of:

There is no deeper experience of joy, no greater place of satisfaction, no sweeter mode for operating, than walking with God.

We get a hint about that a little further into the story.

Seven generations after the first man, another man walks with God. Enoch.

[box]“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24)[/box]

His brief appearance in the Genesis genealogy only whispers of the intimate connection Enoch held with God. In the book of Hebrews we learn that he wore the mantle of being one who “pleased God.” Imagine having that as your epithet, what you’re known by, posted on your twitter feed: “This one is a pleasure to God.”

Some who walked with God, were unaware that they were in the presence of divinity. The two friends on the road to Emmaus thought He was merely an unobservant stranger passing by, until they walked with him a few miles. Their hearts began to burn as He spoke. He brought Scripture to life for them and as He broke bread and thanked the Father, their eyes were opened and they knew they’d walked with God (Luke 24:13–35).

God is inviting you to walk with Him today.

[box]“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)[/box]

Is sin preventing you from an intimate walk with Him?

Is His heart pleased by walking with you?

Are you watching for Him as you walk through your day?

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2 Comments

  • Vivian Etherington

    This statement: ” There is no deeper experience of joy, no greater place of satisfaction, no sweeter mode of operating, than walking with God.” I have found that to be true! And I am SO grateful HE made it possible to do that through the cross of Christ! Abundant life! I didn’t know what I was missing until I had it! Psalm 16 is a great passage to read along with this post.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Absolutely! Good word, Viv 🙂

    “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
    I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;
    I have no good apart from you.’

    As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
    in whom is all my delight.

    The sorrows of those who run afterc another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.

    The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
    you hold my lot.

    The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

    I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
    in the night also my heart instructs me.

    I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

    Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole beinge rejoices;
    my flesh also dwells secure.

    For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
    or let your holy one see corruption.

    You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16)