Saturday, May 19, 2012

Walking with the Lord

In ancient harbors, ships often had to wait for the incoming tide to raise the water level sufficiently to allow them to sail in. The Latin phrase ob portu (against the port) described a waiting ship's position just outside the harbor. The English word opportunity derives from the phrase ob portu to describe when one prepares and waits for just the right moment to act. 

Each of us have many opportunities waiting for us everyday. For some college, for others work and for others marriage. We are one of those ships just waiting for the tide to come in and carry us out to sea. The sea is the world full of all sorts of open doors and I would like to suggest just that the tide we as Christian should be waiting for is the Lord. There are many tides, many things that would carry you off onto life's sea. But as Christian's we want to follow the Lord and walk with Him on an day to day basis. What does that mean? What does it mean to walk with the Lord? 

I thought of Enoch in Genesis 5:24. There we read that Enoch walked with God. There are actually only about 7 or 8 verses in the entire Bible that speak of Enoch. But if we look at them I think we see a man who waiting on the Lord, who walked Him. In Genesis 5:24 we read that Enoch walked with God. In Hebrews 11:5 we learn that he was well pleasing to God and in Jude 24-25 were told that he was a witness for God. I would suggest to us that the order is important. A life that is walked with God is pleasing to Him and only a person who walks with God can serve God. 

What does it mean to walk with God? Here is a man who is surrounded by ungodliness, walking with God. What does it mean? Enoch did not literally walk with God; this is unquestionably a figurative expression, but a figurative walk involves the same thing today as it did then. 

First, it means to have Fellowship with God. To walk with God is to develop an on going relationship with Him through prayer and reading His Word. To make that relationship preeminent in our lives.You see if we are save God is present in our lives. In some of our lives, He is prominent. But the Lord doesn't simply want to be present or even prominent, He desires to be preeminent (Col. 1:18)! Like in any relationship, walking with the Lord is, me wanting to get to know Him better. To know what please Him, really it is to put Him first in all my decision making. Matthew 6:33 comes to mind, "Seek first the Kingdom of God". The apostle Paul, after 30 years of serving the Lord said, "That I might Know Him" (Phil 3:8). He constantly wanted to know the Lord better! That is the first thing in a walk with God. 

Second, it means to make Forward Progress in my walk by keeping in step with Him. You cannot walk with someone if you do not keep in step with them. A walk is not like moving on one of these moving sides walks at the airport. It is not smooth; it is a repetition of almost falling. Have you ever analyzed your walk? Every time you take a step you almost fall. You allow your body to go off balance, and then you catch yourself with your other leg. Then you shift to that one and you almost fall again, only to catch yourself. The man or woman who walks with God is the man or woman who lives on the verge of a fall. That means if God is not there to support and strengthen you, down you go. You are counting on Him to come through and to keep you steady. That is what a walk with God involves. It is always a walk of venturing out. It is never satisfied with the status quo, never content to remain in a quiet state, doing nothing, waiting, enjoying one's self. It is forever moving at the same pace God moves. It means taking a step when God insists. 

The third thing, is that we are Free of Hindrances in our walk with God. There was no controversy between God and Enoch. You really can't walk happy with someone in you have problems with them. They were in agreement. "How can two walk together unless they have agree" (Amos 3:3)? There were no hindrance between Enoch and his God. This is so important for you as you move forward in life, to have nothing that is in between you and the Lord! 

Enoch was not conformed to this World, we know that because his life pleased the Lord. Don't let this world squeeze you into it's mold (Rom. 12:1-2), walk with the Lord and live to please Him! 

Enoch was not controlled by this world, he serve the Lord. Your education, your occupation and your marriage should never control you, but should be tools for you to live to glorify the Lord. 

Enoch was not condemned with the world, but the Lord took him out of the judgement that followed. Genesis 5:24 says that Enoch “was not; for God took him.” The Bible doesn't say how God took him. Hebrews 11:5 sheds some light on Enoch, “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Heb. 11:5). The word rendered “translated” comes from the Greek metatihemi and means to transpose, to change. The word is used only six times in the New Testament and translated “were carried over,” “are removed,” “being changed” and “turning.” This is a beautiful picture of the rapture of the church when the Lord Jesus returns for it (1 Cor. 15:51-54, 1 Thess. 4:13-18). 

As you venture out from this point in your life there will be many opportunities, some good and not so good. But walk with the Lord and never be satisfied in your pursuit of Christ and you will find satisfaction, joy and meaning that can only be found in Him. Pursue Christ. It is Christ that makes the difference. 


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