It’s amazing that only two people in the book of Genesis were spoken of as having “Walked with God”. Not until I realized how important my personal relationship with God was did I begin to realize how important this characteristic was in the lives of these two men.
To walk with someone is both to be in sync and to be able to keep pace with that person, which in itself is a tremendous feat when you are talking about the God of the universe. A large percentage of mankind doesn’t even know what it’s like to be in the presence of God, let alone walk with God. But to have this privilege is one of the strongest desires a great man can ever possess.
Most men will have this desire in great times of need. For example, a president about ready to lose a war may cry out to God for salvation, but since leadership is often so involved with self- importance the president may not have spent time walking with God, and so he calls on a mature man of God.
The reason I describe such a scenario to you is because most important people when they are really distressed realize that only God can save them. The amazing aspect of this realization is that God is willing to walk with anyone whether they are poor and destitute, rich and famous or great and powerful. It does not matter to God; He’s willing to spend time with anyone who desires His presence.
Now I come to the heart of this blog: God is willing to spend time with any one of us, but are we desirous of spending time with Him?
Over the last few years my relationship with God has become extremely close, but many of the things that drove me to this relationship were physical. For example, having congestive heart failure and the spending 14 days in Kaiser Hospital, realizing that any day could be my last. When you go through an experience like that, you begin to understand where your priorities are, and I understood my greatest priority was seeking the presence of the Lord every single day.
I began to seek God on a consistent daily basis like never before and to my amazement I found that God is such a wonderful, enjoyable, and pleasurable friend and that every day He has new adventures for me to experience and fun things to laugh about and to accomplish. Also at the same time the success that comes with this personal relationship in God blesses me with many physical things, and if I’m not careful these physical blessings can become a distraction from my personal relationship in walking with God.
I am constantly on daily alert to make sure that God is with me in every moment, every meeting, every free second; this is my highest priority in life. A casual observer might say this kind of relationship with the Lord is impossible, but that is not true; it’s actually the way I believe all of us are supposed to live. Jesus said these words, “I can do nothing unless I see the Father do it.” When I first read this verse of Scripture I thought it was just something that only Jesus himself would do because of His high relationship with the Father. As I grow closer to God I begin to realize that as a leader in the church, I should be doing the same thing, and therefore do nothing unless I see the Father do it.
Now I am coming to the realization that every single one of us would be wise to have the same intimate relationship with the Father that Jesus had, not doing one thing unless you see the Father doing it. This is walking with God.