Recently Walt gave me a large box of new resources to review and add to our resource shelves. One of the first books I reviewed is this small booklet How to Walk with God by Wim Malgo. Only 30 pages it is easily readable in one sitting.
Malgo points out several reasons why we struggle to actively walk with God
- Over Exhaustion. I at times fall into this myself and can completely agree with the author’s point. When I am too tired I don’t fellowship with God; I’m strung out to thin in too many areas and my mind is racing towards the next thing that must be done. (read Vanessa’s post on Rest)
- Not drawing strength from the Lord. We are weary because “we have neglected the only fount of strength for this walk with God: the boundless grace of God.” (p 9) In all that I do it should be done for the Lord, in His strength. Mothering, business, writing all needs the strength and grace of God.
A favorite verse for waiting on the Lord is Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)
Malgo points out that waiting “finds expression in an intense prayer life” (p11) How true I have found this to be even for my own life. Waiting is pressing into God, wrestling in prayer as we present Him with those things that way upon our hearts.
Walk as He walked
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. I John 2:6 (NKJV)
To walk as He walk encompasses several things
- Enmity to the flesh (the flesh does not want to walk the way Jesus walked)
- Surrender: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 5:20 (NIV)
- Abiding: to abide in Him is to walk as He walked. (see previous post on the vine)
Bible heros who walked with God
Choosing Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Malgo points out three people of the Bible who walked with God.
1. Enoch who walked in God’s perfect will.
2. Noah who walked in God’s acceptable will
3. Solomon who walked in God’s good will.
It is easy to see that Solomon did not walk with God the way Enoch did. Solomon made bad choices with his wives and his kingdom. Through these examples I understand Romans 12:2 much more clearly.