Friday, March 02, 2007

Walking with God

" A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9
I have been asking myself lately how much of my life is directed by God and how much do I direct in my own ways, thinking that I have let God direct my steps (or plans)? Or do my own plans, cares and concerns crowd out God's ability to speak to me?
Noah didn't just decide one day that it would be a good idea to build a boat and then, after he was finished, ask God to do something really great with it. NO! Gen. 6:9 says, .. "Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God."
Abraham didn't one day decide to take his wife and wander around the desert, and then ask God to lead him somewhere. NO! It says in Gen. 12:2, The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." And God promised, "I will bless you."
Moses didn't just decide one day to go back to Egypt and ask Pharaoh to release the Hebrew people in order for them to leave all at once. NO! Moses was quietly minding his own flock as God had instructed him to do, when suddenly the Lord spoke to him from the middle of a burning bush telling him to go. Moses followed God's plan and the Lord blessed everything he did.
There is so much here I can learn from these three friends in scripture. Oh, to be as Noah found blameless in the sight of God and walking with him. Or, to be as Abraham willing to pick up and go as God directs and believe what He has promised. Or, to be Moses and actually hear and see God speak to me while I am tending to the business of the day. All three were going about their day walking with God.
God speak to me! Show me your ways in the midst of preparing meals, kissing chubby cheeks, changing diapers, listening to a teenager, making brownies, scrubbing toilets, and grocery shopping. I want to be found walking with you!


Lori said...

Amen, Chris. Needed to read this, this morning. Blessings.

Susanne said...

Chris. Thank You. I need to be reminded of this often. Isn't it just like our human nature even as Christians to "build our own boats" and then ask God to bless it.

Great reminder to seek God for His plans and then we will be blessed when we are obediant to it.

Kelly said...

It is so good to have you back! Your posts always challenge and encourage me--just like this one!

Becky said...

Good post! I would hope that walking with God would be as normal as breathing, and when I stopped, I would notice! Sometimes I think that maybe that is wishful thinking and I have to work harder at walking with Him. I just ask that when I seem to be going my own way, someone would notice and point me back. That's also what spouses, kids, and friends are all about, aren't they?
Keep walking and talking!