Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. — Ephesians 5:1-2
Left, right, left, right. Children learn to walk by watching others. Toddlers keenly observe how adults stand up from a seated position. With wide-eyed fascination, a young child will watch as an adult effortlessly strides from one room to the next. Though you may not realize it, merely walking across the room provides a young child a lesson in how to walk.
Left, right, left, right. Noah was constantly teaching others how to walk with the Lord. Noah walked with God before the flood. Others must have taken notice of this godly man building a bad at God’s command.
Noah walked with God during the flood. Others on the boat, his wife and children, noticed Noah’s confidence as he sent the dove out the windows on the upper deck to find dry land.
Noah walked with God after the flood. Family members leaving the bad must have noticed how Noah strode forward on solid ground following God’s prompting.
By walking with God, Noah taught others how to do the same:
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you.” –Genesis 9:8-9.
By walking with God, you are teaching others how to do the same. Your wife notices how you make a point of praying with your children each night. Your children watch how you handle hardship by prayerfully trusting in God. Your neighbor observes your empty driveway each sunday morning. You coworkers see the peace that surrounds you in the midst of a chaotic day. As you walk with God, you are teaching others how to do the same.
But it is God who is constantly teaching us how to walk with him by faith. In Christ, God has given us every reason to follow. In Christ, God has shown his power over the dark forces of sin and death. In Christ, God has promised mercifully to pick us up, forgiving us when we stumble and fall. In Christ, God teaches us that our many frailties reveal his all-sufficient grace.
As God teaches us, we walk by faith, trusting in our Savior, Christ Jesus.
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”