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WALKING TOGETHER WITH GOD

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

This prophecy of God, as given to Amos, was a strong rebuke of the children of Israel for their sinful state. While they had been obedient to God's commandments, He had taken care of their every need. He fed them, clothed them, protected them, and caused them to prosper. They were walking with God and God was walking with them;indeed,they were walking together with God. However, in mostother time, Israeldid not walkwith God but walkedafter the ways of the world. They were no longer obeying His commands. Because Israel sinfully failed to do so, they werenot walking together with God.

In the lesson, God, through Amos, was asking Israel this question: Can two walk together, except they be agreed? The obvious answer is No! This answer was stressed in six additional similar questions. One of which was, Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey (Amos 3:4)? Again the obvious answer is, No! These additional questions were posed in order to emphasize the No answer. Can two walk together, except they be agreed? No! To walk with God, you must be in agreement with him. You must agree to abide by His rules;to go where He wants you to go; to do what He wants you to do. On this you must be agreed!

Micah tells us, He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God (Micah 6:8). To walk humbly with God, includes living a just life and showing love and mercy to others. This is good in the sight of God; He has shown us the way. Many examples are contained in the pages of the bible on how a Christian is to walk.

Paul exhorts, comforts, and charges those at Thessalonica, to walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory (1 Thess. 2:11-12). God wants all people to come see the glory of His kingdom in heaven. To inherit heaven, we must walk worthy of God to receive this blessing. This is stated similarly by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians. He beseeched them to walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called (Ephesians 4:1). We have been called by God - we have a vocation; a job; a responsibility; a profession. We have a calling! Our walk of life, then, is to fulfill this calling. To walk worthy of our calling; we are to walk as God would have us walk. God's Holy Word tells us how to walk with Him in the following verses: With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:2-3).

Again, to the Christians in Ephesus, Paul wrote: see then that ye walk circumspectly, not a fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16). In our walks of life, we are also to be ever watchful. Be vigilant at all times in order to avoid life's stumbling blocks and pitfalls. In doing so, we will notice both dangers and opportunities. Noticing the dangers, we can avoid them. Noticing the opportunities, we can redeem them. In a sense, we can buy the time that others seem to throw away; to do good things for others and to do God's will.

John tells us that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Not only is God the giver of physical light, but also spiritual light. God is the source of all spiritual wisdom and knowledge. This should be our guiding light as we walk through life. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:6-7). We may say we are walking with God, but if we are not obedient to His will, we lie. We can not truly walk with God unless we are His obedient children.

Be ye therefore, followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us (Ephesians 5:1-2). He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not wither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes (I John 2:10-11). Walk in love and you will be walking together with God!