WHEN GOD GOES FOR A STROLL 7-18-17
Genesis 3:8 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.
Genesis 17:22 And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
Genesis 35:13 And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.
Exodus 33:21-23 And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: (22) And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (23) And I will take away mine hand , and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.
Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Imagine for a minute if you will, what it would be like to take a walk with the Lord. I’m not talking about when we get to heaven after the judgment and the marriage supper, I am talking about while we are still living in this fleshly body. For Adam and Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace, it wasn’t a dream but reality. I know that Jesus walked among men for over thirty-three years but I am talking about when God came down from heaven and walked with men. There may be more than what I have listed but these few are what came to mind. Let’s look at each one of these for a minute. Their stories are all different and of course in Daniel 3, it was Jesus with them in the fiery furnace. The most interesting thing about that story to me is that the king looked in and recognized Jesus even though he had not been born on the earth yet.
In Genesis 3, we all know the story of how Adam and Eve had hid themselves in the garden among the trees after they had sinned because they knew they were naked. Can you imagine God coming down every evening and walking and talking with you after sunset? Man doesn’t the thoughts of that get you excited? I don’t find where God walked among them after they had sinned and got expelled from the garden. Can you imagine how sad it must have been for Adam and Eve to think back about what they had lost? Just knowing that they would no longer have those evening strolls with the creator. The bible doesn’t say that he came down every day but they knew his actual physical voice enough to recognize it and try to hide. That would be a good indication to me that it was a frequent occurrence. As they walked out of the beautiful garden, I wonder if they turned and took one last look at what they could have had. I would imagine that after Cain killed Abel, they couldn’t help but think of that day they had sinned as they mourned their son. They even played the blame game blaming each other and the serpent for the new world they entered into as they were banished from the garden. Now their soul was probably in total anguish knowing that their sin was the ultimate cause of their son’s murder.
On over in chapter 17 and verse number 22, It said that “God went up from Abraham.” This was right after he had got done laughing when God told him Sarah would have a son. This was after God had “brought him forth abroad” and confirmed the covenant in chapter 15 verse 5. It sounds like if God “brought” him out; he must have been with him. In chapter 12 verse 7 it says the Lord “appeared” unto Abram and that was right after God had told him to get out of Haran and he gave him the covenant.
In Genesis 35, we find in verse 13 where that God went up from him. This is the story of Jacob after he had returned to Bethel. Keep in mind that Jacob is now the heir to the promise after having swindled Esau out of his birthright. I am glad that no matter what kind of person you are, God will still bless you and keep his promises. It has been 20 years and now he is back where God first appeared to him in a dream while he was fleeing from Esau.
Exodus 33: 21-23 tells us about Moses’ desire to see the Lord and the Lord gave him a place to stand by him; in the rock. I am glad he still gives us a place to stand by him in the rock. To stand in the place where he puts us and to get to see his glory pass by.
We have already mentioned the three Hebrews, so I want to ask you this question: When was the last time you walked with God? When was the last time he shielded you? Can’t remember? That means that it has been too long. So why aren’t you ever strolling with God? He hasn’t wandered off anywhere and he will welcome all that will come to him. In Genesis 3, God even blessed the very man who had ruined his creation forever. In Genesis 17, he is strolling with a righteous man that is also his friend. I have already mentioned Jacob and how that he was a cheater and swindler. In Exodus 33, Moses was the leader of Israel and was wanting to be closer to God. Can you imagine the encouragement you would get just by being that close to God and shielded by his hand? The good news is that you don’t have to imagine. God has a place by him for each one of us. Have you grown weary and tired and wonder if it’s worth it or not? Maybe you just need to stretch your legs a little and go for a little walk with the Lord. He is willing to walk with you. He will even carry your load for you if you cast all your cares on him for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7). Start walking! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!