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Topic: Step(s) (11/29/12)
By Ayo Johnson
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I love the picture the word ‘STEPS’ creates in my mind – that of one foot being placed in front of the other. The word is different from other similar words such as ‘strides’ or ‘leap’. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that it connotes something that occurs gradually. You know – steady progress.
Yes, I do admit I love strides too. After all, the word suggests alot of progress being made. When someone makes great strides in their life or in their walk with God, it is wonderful. It should be applauded and celebrated. However, I kind of prefer ‘steps’ because it means I’m not being rushed whilst I make progress. Oh yes..I love to made progress quickly, but I’ve come to understand that there is so much work to be done in me. The danger then would be that if I was to run before I had learnt to walk, I would not have the chance to learn the inevitable lessons that are learnt whilst learning to walk.
Just as parents need to be patient whilst their baby learns to walk – taking quite often faltering steps so also I believe God is ever so patient with His children as they learn to walk with Him. (Isa.40:11)
I’m sure we have all come across the statements…’Noah walked with God’…’Enoch walked with God’. The former is slightly paraphrased whilst the latter is exactly as the Bible states it. Walking with God can mean several things, but I believe it means they kept in step with Him – one step of faith after another, one step of obedience after another, one step of submission to the will of God after another and ultimately, one step of spiritual progress after another bringing pleasure to the heart of God.
This is essentially what I desire – to walk with God everyday of my life.
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