Keep on Walking

With literally dozens of nieces and nephews (grand and great grand included), my wife and I have watched most of them learning to walk.  While the parents were almost always in a state of near-panic for fear the child would land wrong or bump something, we usually thought the efforts to walk were hysterical. Going from shaking their arms and legs, to crawling on the stomachs, to making the effort to stay upright, and, finally, to take those first steps.  No matter how many times they fell, somehow each of them knew to keep on walking.

 

God told Abraham to leave Ur and travel to some unnamed destination where he would receive a great inheritance.  Abraham didn’t know how far or where.  He just had to keep on walking.  (Hebrews 8-10) Abraham became Israel’s first patriarch and was the father of many nations.

Enoch was the first man to walk with God and God took him up so that he never had to see death. (Genesis 5:23-24)  He knew to walk with God and to keep on walking.

Moses and the Israelites were trapped between an overwhelming army of angry Egyptians and the Red Sea.  God separated the sea that permitted them to keep on walking.  On dry land, no less!  As they kept on walking, the Egyptian army was destroyed as the waters came back together (Exodus 14).

While Joshua was leading the Israelites to Canaan, a major obstacle in the way was the city of Jericho, which was surrounded by a great wall.  At God’s direction, Joshua had his army walk around the city wall once each day for 6 days.  Then on the 7th day, they walked around it 7 times.  Because they kept on walking, when they shouted, the walls came tumbling down. (Joshua 6:1-21)  But only because they kept walking.

When God was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness, an angel told Lot to flee with his family and not look back.  Lot’s wife stopped to look back and was turned into a pillar of salt.  She should have kept on walking. (Genesis 19)

Jesus used the metaphor of a farmer plowing his field to talk about our Christian walk.  Like the farmer, once we’ve started to follow the Lord, keep on walking. Otherwise, we are not fit for the Kingdom of God.  (Luke 9:62)

When the disciples were out to sea and frightened by a storm that came up, they called out to Jesus, who was not with them at that time.  He came to them walking on the water.  When Jesus called to Peter to come to meet Him, Peter went to Him and walked on the water.  But then, because he didn’t keep on walking, he began to sink until Jesus took him by the hand. (Matthew 14:24-32)

So, if you’re frustrated, disillusioned and just worn out trying to get rid of those sinful habits, walk in the Spirit and you will be able to defeat those earthly desires. (Galatians 5:16) And then, keep on walking.

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