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In the opening chapters of Genesis we see that God had a beautiful relationship with His creations. He saw that they were good and blessed them. In the cool of the day, He would come down to walk with His most cherished of all creation: human. But then man sinned and this fellowship was destroyed.
Fast forward to Genesis 5:22 and we read that Enoch walked with God. A more detailed translation might say that he lived in close fellowship with God or that he shared an intimate friendship with Him. That is the first time we hear of this closeness with God in Scripture happening outside of Eden.
Skip ahead several more generations to Abraham and it is apparent that God still loves this closeness with His cherished children. Genesis 17:1 tells us that God invites Abraham to walk with Him and then seals it with a covenant of blessing. Again, walking with God entails more than just service or religious homage; it denotes time and intimacy.
When Abraham’s trusted servant is quoting his master (Genesis 24:40), we note that Abraham calls God “the Lord before whom I have walked” or in another translation “THE GOD IN WHOSE PRESENCE I HAVE LIVED“. What a beautiful thing Abraham is saying about his relationship with El Shaddai. He is saying that his life has been spent actively walking or fellowshipping with God. Each step, every moment lived actively in the presence of the One True God.
Where are you walking? I know where I want to walk, but I have to really examine my heart regularly to make sure I am walking there. It’s so easy to “do” the walk, but it’s much harder to “be” it.
I want to be so intimate with God that I understand that closeness and passion a Bride has for the Groom who has tirelessly wooed her. I want to hold hands with Him and stroll in the cool of the day, just walking through the world and enjoying all He has placed in it. I want to rest in Him, lay in His presence, be refreshed by the sound of His voice, have my heart pound with anticipation at the mere thought that it’s almost time for us to share with one another about the day and to disclose secrets, dreams, and purposes. I want to walk in a glorious romance with the One who made me and the One who is bidding me to walk with Him. And when I’ve reached the end of my time here on this earth, I want to go Home to be with THE GOD IN WHOSE PRESENCE I HAVE LIVED.
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