Walking

Dirty feet, walking·

These FEET were made for walking…

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Where is your closest shopping centre? What about children’s schools, friends’ houses…?

Do you walk there?

Most of us do not. If you have a car, then you probably drive, or you might catch a bus or take a train.

Why?

Usually we are in a hurry. Or it could be too wet, too hot, or too cold.

We have the luxury of choice.

When I was researching the background for the Apostle John series of books, I saw that people walked. It was not new information; the Bible says the apostles walked. But I had not had to calculate how far it was between the towns they walked to.

For example – it is approximately 50 kilometres between Ephesus and Smyrna. Now 50 kilometres is a bit more than 30 miles.

I had to know the distance between all the seven churches in the Roman province of Asia Minor in order to work out when John and Benjamin left, how long it would take them to arrive. Conditions at the time needed to be considered. Was it hot, cold, wet… when was sunset? What were the road conditions? Fortunately, the Romans built roads everywhere they went. Their reason was to move their troops, but it made the spreading of the gospel easier, as well as travelling between the different fellowships to support and counsel people.

Scroll or parchment

There were no telephones, no internet… no social media. Supporting and encouraging people was done face to face. Letters to the churches were generally circulated between many churches, and had been painstakingly written on parchment… or before that, on scrolls, then carried by someone travelling to the fellowship.

Yet our Christian forefathers did that joyfully.

I have been amongst the complainers when a church meeting was moved and we had a one hour drive to the new venue. If we had no choice but to walk, it might have taken several days to reach the meeting place… yet the first church brethren seemed to do that without complaint… even eagerly setting out. They ran the risk of being attacked by robbers or by wild beasts, yet they set out, trusting God… and walking.

Walking is also an analogy for our Christian journey…

There is walking in the light –

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1: 7 

There is walking by faith –

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5: 7

Then there is walking with God –

Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and [that it may be] well with you, and [that] ye may prolong [your] days in the land which ye shall possess.
Deut 5: 33

And walking humbly –

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6: 8

These are but a smattering of the scriptures where walking with God, in faith, and humbly is either written or implied. So although we have a choice about walking to the local shops or driving, we are advised about our spiritual ‘walk’.

Some thoughts 🙂

Susan

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