I started reading through Isaiah at the beginning of the year, with the help of the person I talk about all of the time besides Jesus and my husband…the notable David Pawson. Surprised? 😉 The resource is called “Come with me through Isaiah”.
One of the most quoted verses of Isaiah is found at the end of chapter 40:
“The Lord is the everlasting God, he Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired of weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” v. 28b-31
David Pawson shared how the above bolded text can be likened to the progression of the Christian walk. When new life through Jesus is first realized, there is excitement, and generally lots of emotion and energy- the season of “soaring”. Then comes the season of “running” where the Word is studied and one really learns about what it means to follow Jesus, how it works out in real life and not just in the “soaring”. The season of “walking” comes last. The walking season is a mark of maturity, constancy, and companionship- talking with God in prayer “all” the time, being heavenly minded and operating on the earth like Jesus did, relating with Jesus as your daily companion and friend.
This is what God is after with you- to WALK with you daily. He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, He liked walking with Enoch so much that He took him right to heaven before Enoch died. In Micah 6:8 is a verse we have been talking a lot about in small group lately:
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Our human ideas of progression are different than God’s. We want to soar in the bliss of first love with Jesus, and then keep soaring, and soaring, and have another mountain top experience, and soar, and soar…
Now I also believe that Jesus wants us to be vibrantly alive with love for Him on the inside and regularly (dare I say daily?) experiencing the affection of His heart towards ours. Also, I am not bashing on conferences, retreats, or recharges- these things are beneficial and the Lord also loves to meet us in unique “mountain top” experiences and seasons.
That said, we will miss out on SO MUCH if we only think about relating to God at church, while doing religious activities, or attending Christian events. Jesus is all about meeting us in the mundane, in the walking, and revealing His glory to us, in us, and through us in the daily journeying with Him. The “walking with Him” is the mountain top of the Christian life.