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. NIV
( Micah 6:8 )
The scriptures say that Noah ‘walked with God‘ (Gen 6:9).
What does it mean that Noah ‘walked with God’?
Let’s look at a few excerpts of some verses in Genesis chapters 6, 7 and 8.
6v13a God said to Noah… – 6v22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him. NIV
7v1a The LORD then said to Noah… – 7v5 Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. NIV
8v15a Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out… – 8v18a So Noah came out… NIV
Are you getting my point? That is…
So walking with God is…
HEARING GOD AND OBEYING HIM
(THIS IS COMPLETED FAITH – FAITH IN ACTION)
Genesis 3:8 says about Adam and Eve
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. NIV
I believe Adam and Eve would have probably caught up with God as He walked in the garden (if they hadn’t eaten the fruit). So what had happened with their walk with the Lord? Sin and disobedience against God and His Word came into their lives. This brought with it guilt and shame and Adam and Eve hid from God (their friend). Their relationship and walk with God was broken. This is a very sad and tragic moment, Adam and Eve no longer wanted to walk with God (walking as a friend would do) in the garden.
Exodus 33:12b-14 says about Mose’ relationship with God
12b You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.“ NIV
So walking with God is…
BEING HUNGRY TO KNOW AND OBEY GOD AND HIS WAYS
AND HAVING A COMPLIANT AND HUMBLE AND TEACHABLE HEART
(THIS PLEASES GOD)
Exodus 33:11a says about Mose’
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.
Genesis 17:1b God says to Abraham
I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. NIV
James 2:23b says about Abraham
He was called God’s friend. NIV
In Job 1:8 the Lord boasts about Job
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” NIV
So walking with God…
WE BECOME GOD’S FRIEND (ie: FRIEND OF GOD)
(GOD SAYS ‘LOOK AT THIS ONE, ANGELS, AREN’T THEY DOING GREAT!)
Acts 13:22b says about David
‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart ; he will do everything I want him to do.‘ NIV
Ezekiel 36:26 says concerning our hearts and spirits
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. NIV
Walking with God is…
ACTIVELY PURSUING THE HEART OF GOD
(GOD’S SPIRIT COMES AND HE GIVES US GOD’S HEART)
Heavenly Father, my deepest desire is to walk with you. I am so sorry that I haven’t been pursuing you with all of my heart. More than anything else in this world I want to know you, I want to know your ways and I want to know your heart. Please help me to not just be a hearer of your Word (and deceive myself about my relationship with you) but a doer of your Word. Lord give me a new heart and put your Spirit within me. Help me to love and minister to others out of the overflow of your extravagant love and presence in my life. Teach me your ways Lord so that YOU MAY KNOW ME and I may be called ‘friend of God’. I pray that you will boast to your angels about me, In Jesus Name, Amen