IF YOU WALK WITH GOD TODAY, YOU WON’T FIND YOURSELF RUNNING FROM HIM LATER. Never was a nail more squarely hit on the head than the one John Bunyan nailed when he said, “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.” He was speaking about the Bible. What we tend to forget is that to read the Bible is to have a personal encounter with God — every single time. How many of us would love to have just one clear word from God? The truth is that we can have repeated words from God — as often as we want, any time we want, simply by quieting ourselves down, opening our hearts and minds, and reading the Bible. This can be your reality throughout the entire journey of your life. You can have as much of God as you like, starting today.
Walking with God is not difficult, though it will seem strange at first. This is natural, as Romans 8:7 says: “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” I’ve found that the more I read the Bible, the more I want to read the Bible. The more I want to read the Bible, the more I want to follow God. The more I enjoy Him. I begin to think His thoughts, treasure the things that matter most to Him — and the way I live begins to change. It directly affects my attitudes toward people, and if you haven’t noticed, people are a huge part of life. Walking with God changes everything because it changes me.
“No one who truly surrenders to God will ever live to regret it . . .”
The same can be true for you, no matter who you are and what your past or your present. You can walk with God. Today will take its place as a tile in the mosaic of your life. Why not walk with God, today? If you make this your daily practice, you’ll find little time to run from God. Running from God only messes things up more. It’s worse than rubbing salt in the wound. At least, after rubbing salt, the chance of infection is diminished — but when we run from God we never make things better. Running from God always makes things worse — because when we run from Him we refuse to let the Miracle Worker do what He does best by straightening out what we’ve made crooked.
Yes, some things in life can take a while to straighten out once we’ve made them crooked. Walking with God doesn’t always mean there will be an instant fix (which is why it’s important to walk with God in the first place. It will reduce your need to start over, apologize, make amends, and get back on track). Walking with God is an ounce of prevention worth the pound of cure, and then some. But you shouldn’t let the thought that getting back on track (or getting on track in the first place) is not going to be worth the surrender.
Think of it this way: If you don’t walk with God now, what more painful problems will you be inviting into your life? Things always go better when we walk with God. Even if you made your path crooked, and that path may take a while to straighten out, the alternative of continuing to run from God will never lead you to the place of peace. Running from God always leads to more hardship, pain, difficulty, stress, loss and all kinds of negativity.
Ultimately, running from God costs us now and it can cost us forever. Consider these words of Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (NIV), who knew a thing or two about encouraging people to walk with God while they still had time:
“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved — even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
There are eternally significant consequences of walking with God. Those consequences begin today. No one who truly surrenders to God will ever live to regret it. That’s a lesson I’ve learned the hard way — and it helps me moment by moment, throughout each day, so that I remember the best choice I can possibly make is to walk with God. The other option always leads to loss.
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HAVE YOU BEEN RUNNING FROM GOD? TODAY IS A GREAT DAY TO REVERSE THAT TREND AND START WALKING WITH HIM. WHAT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY THAT MAY INSPIRE SOMEONE READING THIS TO WALK WITH GOD? AND, DON’T FORGET TO SHARE IT . . .