Lockdown in the UK – all three of them!

Lockdown in the UK – all three of them! – has, for most of us, brought about some new things to be thankful for. One of those is walking. Most people I know say that in being obliged to stay local, they have discovered many new routes and paths within walking distance of their own homes and have ventured further afield on foot than they ever had before. We read a lot about walking in Scripture, particularly as a metaphor for our lives. The Bible encourages us to think about our life not just as a random number of years in a timeline, but as a journey – undertaken on foot. It’s not difficult to grasp the concept of taking small “steps” in a particular direction; of choosing a particular “path” or “way”; of language of “stumbling” when things go wrong, or we make mistakes. We read of characters like Enoch, Noah, and Abraham, of whom it is said that they “walked with God”. After they died, many of the kings of Israel and Judah have their lives summarized by a single statement: “they walked in the way of….” – and it’s either a commendation for following someone good or a condemnation for having followed a bad example. As far as God is concerned, we are all on a walk. Proverbs exhorts us to “ponder the path of your feet” (ch 4:26, NKJV). It’s worth asking ourselves the question: if our lives are a journey – a walk – how would they be summarized in a single statement? Are we wandering about aimlessly, unaware that to God, our lives are a walk, a journey? Or are we hoping to arrive at a particular destination but without any clear concept of how to get there? Proverbs again: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way of death.” (ch 14:12). How can we know whether or not we are going the right way? The answer to that is powerfully revealed in the opening chapters of the book of Proverbs: it is to seek out the wisdom of God Himself by reading God’s Word, the Bible, as we would a map, that we can find purpose to our life’s walk now and to live our lives with certainty of arriving, through God’s grace, at a wonderful destination at the end of it. “So you may walk in the way of goodness and keep to the paths of righteousness.” (ch 2:20) pershore-bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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