Regular walking is one of the best things you can do for your health. Regular walking strengthens the heart. In the 1950s it was observed that postmen who walked the rounds had less risk of a heart attack than postal workers who worked at desks (although the risk of dog bites was greater). Walking also lowers blood pressure by improving the efficiency of the heart. Furthermore, walking reduces the likelihood of diabetes. Walking aids the body not only by reducing weight, but also by helping the body handle sugar, according to research in Sweden. In addition, walking is an excellent way to fight osteoporosis. Even the frequency of headache attacks may be reduced by exercise such as walking. But Noah walked with God for other reasons beyond his physical health and well-being!
Noah walked with God, as the daily reading says. And his great grandpa, Enoch, walked with God too. What are the characteristics of walking with God?
- A willing walk. No one is forced to walk with God. He is not a father who drags His children along. Rather, He walks with those who love Him.
- A humble walk. To walk in humility is the only way we can walk with the Lord. The three-fold divine requirement of Micah 6:8 includes “to walk humbly with thy God.”
- A directed walk. God is unchanging. If we are walking with Him, it is because we have chosen His way. We need to agree with God. As Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
- A trusting walk. The essence of our walk with God is faith. That’s how Enoch pleased God, “for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please [God]” (Hebrews 11:5, 6).
- A continued walk. The Hebrew word suggests he “walked and continued to walk.” And then he began walking with God in glory, “for God took him.” One little girl imagined it this way: “One day they went for an extra long walk and they walked on and on, until God said, ‘You’re a long way from home. You had better come in and stay.’ And he went.”
Do you want to walk with God?
The poet wrote:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, this my plea,
Daily walking close with Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5).
Read Genesis 6:9-22. It reports that Noah walked with God.
(Excerpt from the family devotional book Faithful Families written by Howard Bean and featured in the July-August 2017 issue of the CLP Newsletter.)