What does it mean to have a “Daily Walk”?
This question has been asked and answered by many great men with many devotionals, books, and sermons, however it still slips out of our minds quite regularly. It is not a one-time experience, yet as followers of Christ, we allow it to be compartmentalized in our daily comings and goings and thus turn it into an “every other day walk”, “once a month walk”, or even a “once a year walk.” “Daily” means every day. So the first and easiest thing to identify is that our Walk with the Lord Christ Jesus, should be an all day event.
Psalm 63:1-8 says, “O God, You are my God; Early I will seek You; My sould thirsts after You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for you in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Becasue your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Becasue You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.”
At three points during the day David is seeking and searching and walking with God. “Early will I seek you” in verse one denotes waking up early and finding the Most High. In verse four David says, “Thus I will bless You while I live,” and in the Hebrew the word “Live” can be translated as being active. So during our active time throughout the day we should be blessing the Most High. Finally in verse six David says, “When I remember you on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.” At the end of the day now we are to meditate on the Most High. We allow our minds to end the “Daily Walk” with thinking on Jesus and His work on the cross as well as His resurrection and defeat of death, and then whatever else you have seen the Most High accomplish in your day. There is no room during the day to allow our minds to flow to ourselves.
The second part of having a “Daily Walk” would be the actual “walking” portion. How is it that a Christian should walk with an invisible God? This one is not as easy to define as it is varying from day to day, but in the simplest terms it is to be obedient to where the Most High is directing you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
If we truly believe God is in control and sustaining all existence, then why do we have trouble allowing the Lord to direct our life. The answer is in Proverbs as we read the inference; we trust, if at all, with only our partial heart, we lean on our understanding and knowledge of the world, and if we take an honest look into our own hearts, we only acknowledge our needs, desires, and problems. They overwhelm us and cause us to direct our own daily paths instead of relinquishing control to a God who has been from the beginning, The One who was uncreated, and The Ancient of Days who has been and will be at the end of things terrestrial.
We should take a lesson from a Patriarch of old. In Genesis 5:24- “Enoch walked with God; and was not, for God took him.” We gain a greater understanding of the walk Enoch had in Hebrews 11:5-6- “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But with out faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
If we were to take the Word of God, Jesus, The Most High Father seriously and not just as fable or as a Sunday tradition than it would be an easy transition into walking daily with Him. The problem beloved is we do not get out of our own way. With our feeble minds we decide and paint the picture of who God is and how we are to use Him. When and if we do this then we are surely in for trials and tribulations. We will be tossed like a tiny canoe in the midst of a raging storm on the sea. We will capsize and drown in all of our despair and confusion.
The Three Step Process
- Wake and Pray to the One who created and sustains it all, The One who set in motion the plan of salvation and from the very beginning gave you free will to decide whether to choose and follow Him or to choose and follow the world.
- Stop speaking and listen to God through His Word. This means Read your Bible and allow the scriptures to testify to what your day will look like and how you are to act for that day.
- Obey what He is commanding you through His Word. Follow His direction no matter how crazy it may sound to you, because we must remember Isaiah 55:8-9- “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Peace, Grace and Love to you who are walking the narrow way!