Children tend to mimic their parents. As babies begin to talk, they will pick up certain words that they hear in songs, listen to in videos or repeat expressions overheard by eavesdropping. The language and words that you speak say something about what’s going on inside your heart and mind. If you don’t agree with me, look at Luke 6:43-45 to see Jesus’ teachings on where words are conceived.
And I said to my master, But suppose the woman will not follow me. 40 And he said to me, The Lord, in Whose presence I walk [habitually], will send His [e]Angel with you and prosper your way, and you will take a wife for my son from my kindred and from my father’s house, Genesis 24:39-40.
If anyone tracked your faith over the years on a flow chart, there will be plenty of highs and lows. The master in the above passage is Abraham who learned faith the hard way. However, near the end of his life, Abraham began to follow in the footsteps of Enoch, walking and talking with God daily. As Eliezer is sent by Abraham to find Isaac a wife, he describes his master as one who walks in the presence of the Lord.
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity], Psalm 1:1-3.
The Psalmist uses an analogy to highlight the blessings of walking in the presence of the Lord. In 1896 Reverend Charles Sheldon published In His Steps which went on to become a bestselling book. Sheldon is the first to record and verbalize the expression: What Would Jesus Do? If you want to learn how to walk in the Lord’s presence, this is the mindset you need to adopt. Meanwhile, when individuals begin to meditate upon and habitually study the Bible, you pick up direction, guidance and insights on walking in the Lord’s presence. As Jesus says at the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, “put my words into practice.”
by Jay Mankus