Thursday, January 12, 2012

Don't Get Distracted by the Bright and Shiny!

Thanks to all of you who watched my first vlog! I had such a great time doing it, I am sure you will see more. If you missed it, click here.

The idea of walking with God has captured my attention. If you asked me about my journey with God, I would tell you that I have be "walking with God" for the past 30 years or so. But as I feel God spurring me to focus on "walking" with Him this year, I am looking very carefully at these words.

I am reading through the Bible this year. And a few days ago, I was in Genesis 5. It is an easy chapter to skim through and even skip. It's the one with all the genealogy. But sandwiched in the middle of the sleeper chapter is this wake me up section:

When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5: 21 - 24

Another version says, "walked steadily." What makes this so thought provoking is that none of the other people mentioned in this chapter talk about their "walk" with God. My commentaries support the idea that walking with God denotes a constant relationship in which pleasing God and communing with Him are the focus. 

The point: This is not your usual walk. This is not a leisure stroll in which you look at everything along the way and even get distracted by something bright and shiny (as my intern would say.) This is a walk with intention, with deliberation, with focus. This is a walk with one goal: to please God, and God alone. Sure sometimes God may call us to slow down, to rest, to ponder. But we are still following His lead.

So, now I ask myself the question and I am asking you as well:  How long have you truly walked with God? 

Unfortunately, I cannot say 30 something years. There were many years where I strolled at my own pace. I chose my own path. Other times I was easily distracted by the things of this world - other people, money, goals, success, myself. And certainly I spent many years under the destructive spell of a desire to please others. 

So, what about you? Are you "walking with God?" Or does your walk look more like a leisure stroll or a zig zag path led by the distractions of this world? Are you more interested in God's approval or the approval of others?

Lord, we need You. We need You to walk with us and show us how to walk with you. Focused. At your pace. For Your pleasure. And You alone.

Desiring to walk with God,



Rachel @ The Lazy Christian said...

Right now, it feels like I'm walking next to God, but not WITH God. Know what I mean? Not interacting with him a whole lot, but we both know the other is there. Gets uncomfortable sometimes when I know I should be doing more, but it seems I just can't get my stuff together.

Kelli Williams Wommack said...

Hey Rachel! GRACE. You know, there are seasons where we are truly focused in our walk with Him. There are other times when He is our Emmanuel. He is with us and that is enough. You've had a full plate...He'll be waiting when you can focus more.

Jeanette said...

Great post, Kelli!

Jeanette said...

Great post, Kelli!