Almost every day I walk at least two miles on our driveway. Hiking a trail along a mountain stream would certainly be at the top of my list of enjoyable “exercises.”
The Scriptures often use walking as an icon for our Christian journey with God. Moses sets before the people of God a choice and instructs them in how to walk. “I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways…” Deuteronomy 30:15-16.
In the midst of teaching obedience to the commandments and love for one another, John gives counsel on walking. “He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk as He walked,” 1 John 2:6.
The Apostle Paul urged the believers to “increase more and more…that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.” 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12.
The Bible lists several ways that Christians should walk:
• In the light (1 John 1:7)
• In the truth (3 John 3-4)
• In Christ (Col. 2:6)
• In the Spirit (Gal. 5:16, 25)
• In Love (Eph. 5:2)
Ellen G. White said it long ago. “Walking, in all cases where it is possible, is the best exercise…There is no exercise that can take the place of walking,” HR July 1, 1872.
In His sermon on the mount Jesus contrasts two ways of life. There is a broad way that leads to “destruction” and a narrow way which leads to “life” as it says in Matthew 7:13-14.
Isaiah declares, “This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left,” Isaiah 30:21.
When an unknown author penned the words to the traditional folk song Just a Closer Walk With Thee, they captured the essence of faithful walking as a steward of Christ. The refrain is a prayer that we should all pray:
Just a closer walk with thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be
By Mitch Hazekamp