Walking the best exercise

Published 8:16 am Friday, July 1, 2022

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: I’ve never understood the concept of walking with God. I grew up in church, but it doesn’t make sense to me to walk with someone who is not on Earth. — R.D.

Dear R.D.: Walking is the best exercise anyone can do. To walk means to place one foot in front of the other and to go forward one step at a time. If you stop doing this, you’re no longer walking; you’re standing still, or worse, going backwards. Walking always implies movement, progress, and direction.
Parents who take their child for a walk generally want the child to stay close so that he or she doesn’t stumble over rocks or wander off. Parents should guide the child and teach him or her how to anticipate problems ahead. This is what God wants us to do — stay close to Him.
No wonder God commanded that we walk with Him. Doing so means we are moving forward in step with Him, confident that the way He is leading is best. Now many people ask God to walk with them as they sprint through life, never consulting Him in prayer or by reading the Bible — God’s roadmap to life.
We often do this because we are weak. We forget to look to our Guide. We stumble or get diverted, or get weary and stop moving forward. But that’s one reason why the Spirit of God has been given to those who trust in Him. Galatians 5:16 could be paraphrased this way: “Walk by means of the Spirit.”
One of the highest commendations in the Bible is found in these words about Noah: “Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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