15
Apr
15

WALKING WITH GOD: ABRAHAM

“Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.'” – Genesis 17:1-2

While this verse does not seem to boldly come out and state that Abraham walked with God like the Bible states regarding Enoch and Noah, the fact is still evident.  God commanded Abraham to walk before Him and then God promised to fulfill His covenant to make a great nation through Abraham, which happened.

Why was Abraham found to be worthy of being described as having a walk with God?  Let’s look at some key points to help us discover how we can have a closer walk with God.

First, in the passage from Genesis, God tells Abraham to be “blameless.”  In like manner, Noah and Job were described as being blameless (Genesis 6:9, Job 1:1).  In no way does this mean that they were sinless, because the Bible teaches us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Rather, we should live our lives in such a way that our fellow men and women could not be justified in claiming that we are not born-again.  Put in another way, if our lives were put on trial as being children of God, would there be enough evidence to convict us?

The next key for seeing Abraham’s description of having a walk with God is found in Hebrews 11:8, when it says, “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed…”  Obedience is such a key ingredient to living a life that is pleasing to God.  Abraham was so obedient that “he went out, not knowing where he was going.”  Try to imagine that conversation with our spouse!  “Honey, we’re moving.”  “Where to?”  “I don’t know.  We’ll know when we get there.”  That kind of conversation would probably cause a call to a hospital, and not the kind where they would stitch up a gash (although we might need that, too)!

But that is exactly what Abraham did.  He saw and acted on what could not be seen.  He was walking and acting by faith and not by sight.  And we must do that same thing in our lives, day in and day out, without fail.

So the key to walking with God like Abraham walked is to live a convincing life before God and men, and to be obedient in walking by faith.  May we all live by these words!

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