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Daily Devotional: Monday, August 1 - Walking With God

“’Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” — Psalm 119:105

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When athletes walk, we see some players and coaches walking on their toes and others stepping on their heels. Some people are pigeon-toed and others are bowlegged. As we watch players and coaches walk on the field or the court, we often know if he or she had one or more knee injuries by the way their legs move. A person’s walk is like their signature. No two people walk exactly alike, and our walks identify who we are.

In the Bible, “the walk” describes a person’s way of life. When we follow Christ, we should move from night-prowling to daytime activities. We are commanded to come out of the devil’s darkness into Christ’s light. Everyone steps back into the darkness through sin, but we should try to stay in the light of God’s countenance by following His guidance. “Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).

As we travel life’s road, we should go on a good path. When we love God and become familiar with Scripture, then we establish a pattern for others to walk in our footsteps. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).

When King Josiah read God’s Word in the Bible, it changed his mind and he started walking in a better way. Then, he challenged everybody in his kingdom to join him in walking with God. “The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the LORD — to follow the LORD and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant” (2 Kings 23:3).

What does your walk look like?

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia 

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