By James Washington
Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly
The subject today is “Faith Walk.” Can somebody really explain this to me? I’m not trying to be funny. On the contrary, I’m trying to be real and gain more perspective on what some have told me I’m going through. “I’m watching you go through a transformation,” some have said. “As you go through this walk,” others have come up with. Many have used that exact phrase ‘faith walk,’ when trying to explain their view of me trying desperately to simply demonstrate a new attitude about being saved. No matter how trite it may sound to you, I am taking this saved thing as seriously as I can. I absolutely know it’s more than just a feeling. It’s very tangible to me. I am just expressing curiosity about the walk reference.
I guess when you think about it, many in the bible had truth revealed to them in a walk, on a journey, while going from one place to another, or, in the spiritual travel of a dream. As simple as this analogy is, it’s rather eye opening to embrace the significance of walking with someone you respect, admire, love, or someone you can really learn from. One of the more memorable experiences of my life was walking with either one of my children when they were toddlers. There was something about their discovering and exploring the world without care or fear because they had me with them. Have you ever witnessed this? Have you ever had the experience of walking and talking with another human being with whom you were in total sync? That’s got to be one of the reasons people refer to discovering God as faith walking. The effort to get closer to God requires movement. I think the walk reference was probably someone’s spiritual attempt to describe an effort to follow a path laid down by Christ. A great example has to be Enoch. “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Genesis 5:24.
The bible talks about walking humbly, walking in the Light, walking with the wise, walking together, walking in counsel and walking on water. The point seems to be that the Christian life is a journey, an experience we desire in order to talk to and be with God. If we’re truly blessed, maybe God will talk back. Searching for Him here on earth is a spiritual experience we’re blessed to have. To walk with the Lord can only be described as a faith step; once taken, life changes. You change. I know I did. So maybe I’ve kind of answered my own questions about this walking in faith thing. It is merely a public or private declaration that you’re letting God order your steps. I believe if you can allow yourself to submit in this way, God will lead you directly to Him. “When Jesus spoke again to the people He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
So this walk thing can be interpreted literally from the standpoint that you can actually connect with God. You can walk with Him as Enoch did. You can also hope and pray that God will take you too. I believe that’s the point, isn’t it? So when you get up tomorrow, think about this and really try to let God order your steps. Make a concerted effort to listen and hear what He’s telling you and, where He’s trying to lead you. After all, they say faith comes by hearing. What better way to hear than to take a stroll with the Lord. Try letting Him lead, let Him suggest and yes, even let Him command us to walk His way. At the very least you should consciously try it one day. You might find that God shows up in the strangest places. You will see him in the strangest faces. But one thing is for sure. If you intentionally go looking for Him, you won’t be alone for long. God has a wondrous way of showing up right on time, when He knows somebody is indeed seeking Him out. Remember, though, the first step is the one you take.
May God Bless and keep you always.