Here are seven Bible verses that might explain what it means to walk with God.
Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
The author of Hebrews explains a bit about Enoch walking with God by writing that it was “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away. “For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God” (Heb 11:5). The reason Enoch was transferred from this life to the next or when God “took him” was because Enoch lived a life that pleased God and because of this he was taken away by God to be in His presence. Who doesn’t want to be around very pleasing people? If we please God, we might not get taken away but we’ll be in His presence at His return or just after death and if you’re pleasing God, you’re likely walking with God.
Leviticus 26:12 “And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.”
Here God gives us the analogy of walking among His own people. Are not your relatives your own people? In similar fashion, we are His people but God will not walk with us if we are living contrary to His will because to be walking with God means you are in agreement with God. If I took a walk with my wife I’d be walking right next to her because we agree on so many things but if we had a disagreement over something (probably my fault), we might not take a walk together. Walking with God is like being in fellowship with God.
Deuteronomy 5:33 “You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.”
The point of this verse is that if you walk in the way that the Lord commands, it’s going to go well. I don’t mean perfect but it will be better than if you don’t walk in His ways. God will walk with us if we are obedient to His laws and statutes but if we don’t God declares “then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins” (Lev 26:24). Living a longer life can certainly be related to walking in obedience in the ways of God.
Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”
Before the fall of mankind, God had a close, intimate relationship with Adam and Eve. They were in accordance with God’s will until the day that they chose for themselves the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. God withdrew Himself from the presence of Adam and Eve because their sins had separated themselves from Him (Isaiah 59:2).
Amos 3:3 “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?”
If I walked with a friend of mine and I started speeding up and tried to leave him behind, then he’d wonder what I was mad at. If I walked behind him and slowed way down, he might wonder if I was hurt or injured. If we were walking together, we might not agree on everything but we wouldn’t have to be disagreeable. Christian brothers and sisters can all walk together on the main essentials of the faith (Acts 4:12. Rom 10:9-13) and have grace on the things we don’t agree on.
Genesis 6:9 “These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.”
Why were only Noah and his family saved from the coming flood of the judgment of God? It was because Noah was like Job; he was found to be blameless (Job 1:1). Blamelessness doesn’t mean sinless-ness. Noah also walked with God but we all know he wasn’t perfect (Gen 9:20-25; Rom 3:10-12, 3:23) but walking with God meant that He was also in an intimate relationship with the Creator. Noah was the forerunner of the coming grace of God because “Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen 6:8) and if you’ve found favor in God’s eyes, you’ve got the grace of God through faith that saves (Eph 2:8-9).
Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
God tells us through Micah that God requires at least three things of us; that we do what is right (doing justice), that we love in ways that display kindness, and that we remain humble when walking with God. If we fail at any of these three, then walking with God may not be possible. That doesn’t mean you’re not saved, but to be precise, having a character of fairness (justice), having a serving and loving attitude, and having true humility are three things that obviously please God. God can only walk with those who are in agreement with him and “When a man’s ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov 16:7).
You cannot walk with God until you have first submitted to God since two cannot “walk together, unless they have agreed to meet” (Amos 3:3)? God instructed Moses “you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do” (Ex 18:20) and so God says to you and I that we should “follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God” (Lev 18:4). Today, God speaks to all those who are not saved; “I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction” (Duet 30:15). Jesus said there is no middle ground, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Matt 12:30) so you are either for Jesus or against Him. There is no fence sitting because the whole fence and all upon it will also be cast into the late of fire (Rev 20:12-15) so to not choose, is to choose to reject Jesus. No decision for Christ is a decision to reject Christ.
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.