Friday, January 30, 2015

Of Walking With God - Chapter 4

I'm continuing my look at Jeremiah Burroughs' "Of Walking With God" found in his book Earthly-Mindedness.  Please see my introduction and Chapters 1-2 summary here and Chapter 3 summary here.

In Chapter 4 Mr. Burroughs explains what walking with God is:
  1. It causes the soul to eye God by beholding the infinite beauty in God, by recognizing God as the Fountain of good to the soul, and by apprehending God as infinitely worthy of all honor.
  2. It causes a man to carry himself as if he were in God's presence.
  3. It causes a man to make God's will the rule of his will.
  4. It causes the soul to have the same end that God does--that His blessed name may be magnified, that His glory may be set forth.
  5. It causes the soul to be suited to God's administration.
  6. It causes man to have a holy dependence upon God for direction, protection, assistance, and blessing.
  7. It causes a man to be free and ready in the ways of God.
  8. It causes communion with God.  God walks among us when we walk in His ordinances (baptism and the Lord's Supper).
  9. It causes the soul to follow God more as He reveals Himself more.  The soul gets nearer and nearer to heaven every day; this is to walk with God.
Jeremiah Burroughs is undaunted in his writing: "Men that walk according to the lusts of their own heart, in their wicked, sinful ways, do not have the Lord in all their thoughts, as in Psalm 10."  He continues, "This is to walk in the fear of God, when the soul, upon the apprehension of God's presence, shall labor to compose itself as is appropriate to the presence before whom it is."

Of course, all believers still struggle with a sin nature here on earth (Rom. 7:22-25); and so, Mr. Burroughs gives comfort to the Christian: "It is true that through the violence of some temptation there may be a stray step, or there my be, perhaps, a fall along the way, but still the heart is Godward and still is towards God.  It gets up again and walks again in the way...the constant course of the ways of the saints is the ways of God."

In my next post I will look at the twelve excellences of walking with God from Chapter 5.

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"And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him," (Gen. 5:24).