Just about every week my wife and I take a walk. We walk on our property, in the park, and sometimes in Costco while buying groceries. And do you know what we do every time we walk? We walk together.
That’s precisely what God wants to do with you. He wants to walk with you. It’s what Noah did, and it made him stand out from everyone else in the world. We can learn a lot from his way of life.
Genesis 6:9-12 tells us that “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.”
It must have been difficult for Noah considering “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.” (Genesis 6:11-12) Even though the people of his generation were corrupt, Noah still walked faithfully with God. And the same can be said of you.
Here are three steps to walking with God.
Walk in God’s direction.
I know it might shock you, but every time my wife and I go on a walk, we walk in the same direction. If we’re not walking in the same direction, we will reach different destinations and miss out on the journey together. The same is true with you and God.
The Bible says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3) If you want to walk with God, you must go in his direction. And in case you didn’t know, God is always going in the opposite direction to sin and the world.
Walk in obedience to God’s commands.
You can’t walk with God and in rebellion to his word simultaneously. The Bible says that “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) Noah showed his love for God and his direction by obeying his commands.
Can that be said of you? Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” (John 14:15) You’re not walking with God if you’re not obeying his commands. That’s called disobedience. God wants you to walk in obedience to his word.
Walk with a message.
The Bible tells us that it took Noah about one hundred years to build the ark. And in all that time, he never failed to walk in God’s direction and obedience to his commands. This means he walked with a message.
The Bible says, “If God did not spare angels when they sinned,but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people,but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others… if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.” (2 Peter 2:4-5,9)
Noah was a preacher of God’s righteousness. It means that throughout his life, he told the corrupt world that surrounded him, “Hey, I’m going in God’s direction because nothing else can satisfy.”
The truth is your life preaches something. The question is, does it preach righteousness? If it doesn’t, it’s time to make a change by calling on the name of Jesus. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)