Friday, November 03, 2006

Walking with God

Walking with God

Every day hundreds of thousands of individuals leave their homes very early in the morning to rush to their places of employments.  Many drive, and others take public transportation.  Those taking public transportation may have to walk a certain distance from their bus stop, train stop or station to the actual place of employment.  You will see them walking along each other in the same direction and at the same speed.  Some will probably be going to the same office, store, restaurant, etc.  They will arrive at the same time for the same purpose – to work.  However, they were not walking together.  Unless, there was an agreement between the two or more parties that this would be there plan, they are just walking along each other, not together. 

When a visually impaired person walks with someone there is normally an understanding: the one that can see well will lead the other who cannot.  The one leading must be careful to not rush the follower: do not push or pull.  While holding the guide's arm, the blind person walks just a half step behind his guide.  The guide should describe the surroundings, and give instructions so the follower knows what to do beforehand.  For example: "We are stopping," "We are turning right," "There is a step ahead," etc.  The visually impaired person should trust whoever is guiding him.  In fact, the visually impaired person should only listen to and follow his guide, only.  If the visually impaired person lets go of his guides arm, he may get lost and not be close enough to hear his guide's voice. 

The Bible says that Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:9).  How could Noah walk with someone He could not see?  This is simple, "We walk by faith and not by sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7.  In this case, Noah is the blind person who needs the help of the Holy Spirit to guide Him through the spiritual aspect of life because Noah cannot see beyond the physical realm.  In order for this to happen the Holy Spirit leads Noah – not push or rush.  Noah listens to and follows the Holy Spirit.  Noah goes at the same speed and in the same direction of the Spirit, just as any blind person being guided.  Noah is walking just half a step behind the Holy Spirit and holding His arm.   When Noah let go of the Holy Spirit's arm, he got lost, listened to other voices and got drunk (Genesis 9:21).  Thankfully, God in His mercy did not give up on Noah.  He continued to call on Noah and offering His arm so that Noah could follow Him again. 

The Apostle Paul admonishes to walk with God also, because, just as Noah, we are to walk by Faith and not be sight.  Paul says in Romans 10:17,

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We are to be close enough to hear the Word.  The Holy Spirit cannot be any closer to us than He ought to be for He dwell in us.  Paul again says in Romans,

Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

If we allow the Indwelling Spirit of God dwell in us, then we will walk with God as Noah did.  However, if we reject His loving provision, we will again stumble in the darkness of this world.  Will you admit to your blindness and accept the Spirit's guidance, or will stay in denial and continue to stumble? 

Raul Diaz