Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1:1-6 ESV)
How we walk, who we walk with, and where we walk. These are some of the most important things to consider when it comes to our relationship with God. Why? Each of them influence us ~ our future, our success or our failure, our life and our death, whether we live for good or drift towards evil. Each will protect our character or harm our character.
How? For me this is about walking carefully, fully engaged in the environment I am in, with an awareness of the good and bad around me and how that can have an influence on my walk, both for good or for bad.
Who? This is a challenge especially if you just love company. For me this is not just about avoiding certain people, but more about who I allow to speak into my life, those who may cause me to drift, entice me away from God with ‘good ideas’, ‘everyone else is doing it’ type arguments and ’nobody will know’ comments. Instead, it’s about walking with those who help me maintain my focus so that I will not perish.
Where? This for me is all about walking in those places where I will be refreshed, watered and kept strong and healthy. Not where others things drown out the word of God from my life so I am not stifled in my fruitfulness for God.
I think it is good to take stock from time to time when it comes to my walk with God. To be honest enough with myself, to ask the difficult questions that help maintain that strong, healthy and life changing walk.
How about you?