Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The Scriptures tell us we can walk in His ways:
Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! (Psalm 81:13, NASB)
As we saw in the previous blog on Waiting, one of God’s ways is listening. Waiting on God with hope leads us to walk in His ways. The word for walk in Hebrew means to go, to come, to walk and the word implies movement. To walk in His ways is the action of moving from one place to another. The Lord God desires for us to grow and be fruitful; we cannot grow if we are not walking in His ways, always moving forward as we go along. In this passage the Lord is pleading with His people to walk in His ways. If it is important to God it should be important to us. We need to make walking in His ways a priority in our lives. Listen to His pleas and move forward. People waiting on God with hope are listening to the voice of the Lord because we know our lives are to be guided by His will, not our own.
They also do no iniquity; they who walk in His ways. (Psalm 119:3, NKJV)
One of the ways of the Lord is to do no iniquity. When we walk in His ways we do not practice iniquity or we do not sin continually. Do no iniquity, as is used here, means in the Hebrew to not build or practice sin. Our lives will not be plagued with sins that we do over and over again, or habitually. Do you notice a pattern of sin in your life? Is there a sin that you fall into over and over again? Learn His ways and then walk in them is the answer to your problems with this type of sin. God wants to deliver us from the sins that bind us. That is why Jesus came – to deliver us from bondage. A person who is waiting on God with hope realizes there is no other way to walk then to walk in His ways.
How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His ways. (Psalm 128:1, NASB; see also Jeremiah 7:23)
Fear of the LORD is another way of God. Fear of the LORD is to order your life, your daily walk, in a manner in which you do not want to disappoint your Lord and Savior. Blessing is promised to all who walk in His ways. Of course we want to be blessed and we have already established that fact. So our response is to be obedient to the Word of God and walk in His ways. This all comes from waiting with hope.
Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they were not willing to walk, and whose law they did not obey? (Isaiah 42:24, NASB)
Once again, there is blessing for walking in His ways and here is the curse for not walking in His ways: those who do not walk in His ways will be plunder for the enemy. Satan is the thief and he wants to rob your life of the riches that God has promised are yours (John 10:10 and Ephesians 1:3). What choice will we make? I pray it is to walk in His ways.
Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right; for the righteous walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9, NKJV)
We are given three more ways of God in this passage: wisdom and understanding, prudence, and righteousness. Wise in the Hebrew is an interesting word which means one who is skilled or experienced. To be wise concerning His ways is to become skilled and experienced through use. Do not be slack in applying what you learn about God’s ways; to apply what you learn is to be wise in the Lord’s ways. To understand in the Hebrew is to discern, to perceive, to observe, to pay attention to, or to be intelligent. When it comes to God’s ways one needs to approach them with not only with the ear, but with the intellect. Prudent in the Hebrew is the same as understand, and in this grammatical construction an emphasis on action is placed; action in application of God’s ways is required to be prudent. In the Hebrew righteous is the just, ethical, and moral person; in the Scriptures it is emphasized as to relation to faith in God making one righteous. Faith is a way of God.
The ways of the LORD are right. His ways are perfect and complete for all righteousness to be built in the believer’s character. To become a people of Christian character we must walk in His perfect ways. Those who walk in His ways are described as wise, understanding, prudent, and righteous. Those who do not walk in His ways are described as transgressors, or sinners. We should walk in His ways to possess these traits that make us more complete and useful for the kingdom. Remember we need to wait to start this process in our lives.
Thus says the LORD of hosts, “If you will walk in My ways, and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.” (Zechariah 3:7, NASB)
This verse is most easily understood as being a millennial promise. If we walk in His ways we will have a place of service in Christ’s future kingdom.
By the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in His ways. This should be our desire. We wait upon the Lord and put ourselves in the position where we walk in His ways, through Him.
Wait on God with hope so you can walk in His ways and not in the ways of the world. Character development in the Holy Spirit leads to walking in the ways of the Lord. Commit to growing through waiting today. Ask God to work on your walk so you become obedient to His perfect will.