This past June I set a goal to begin walking. After healing from a broken ankle last fall, I started at ground zero! The best part of my new habit is that I did not have to do it alone! My Mom and my sister joined me almost everyday. Although the walking definitely has helped with my general fitness level, I have increased my distance from 1.5 to now 3 miles a day, what I enjoyed most was the time spent with my Mom and sister. We walked close together on the trail. We were not silent on our walks, rather we talked most of the time. We communicated so many things that would not have been discussed had we not chosen to walk together this summer.
We read about walking with God in Deuteronomy 10.
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
In these two verses above, God is giving Israel the basic things that He requires of them. These are also the same things that God is requiring of us today.
He calls us to:
1 – Fear Him
2 – Walk in obedience
3 – Love Him
4 – Serve Him with all our heart and soul
5 – Observe His commands
Fearing God does not mean that we are to be afraid of Him. Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. When we fear God, we respect Him, obey Him, submit to Him, and worship Him.
Just as I walked closely and communicated with my Mom and sister this summer, we are called to walk close to God. Walking is an action. We are called to take action and do the things that we know that God wants us to do. Walking in step with God throughout the day keeps us connected to Him and following His lead.