You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.Deuteronomy 13:4
Whenever I see the word “walk” associated with God, I am transported back to the garden. Humanity had the amazing privilege to walk alongside “42” without any baggage. And yet they chose to go their own way.
Kosuke Koyama, in his book Three Mike an Hour God, tells us that God loves us so much that he accommodates us by walking at the normal speed of humanity; “three miles an hour.” But it is humanity who chooses to run ahead of God. This is the original and deepest sin, known as human pride or arrogance.
Now turn to today’s scripture where Moses expounds upon the decalogue (ten commandments) to the Hebrew people. God tells them they shall have no other gods before him (Ex 20:3, Dt 5:7), nor should the bow down and worship images made by their hands. I like to summarize it this way; God is God, and we are not!
Our passage puts us in our place as it instructs us to walk after our Lord. We are not to run ahead of him because that puts us out front, and this is the original and greatest sin of all. We are to walk humbly in our God (Micah 6:8) by revering him and following his commandments. Keep in mind that the commandments always boil down to loving God and neighbor.
So today I ask you to consider walking after your LORD, love the way he asks you to love, and serve holding fast to him. And don’t be afraid to have a little extra bounce in your step. Have a great day!