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, Chapter 3 summary here, Chapter 4 summary here, and Chapter 5 summary here.
In Chapter 6 Mr. Burroughs looks at the five uses of exhortation in walking with God:
- Bless God that He is pleased to walk with His poor creatures.
- See what strangers most of the world is to this walking with God. Walking with God is just an empty sound to most men. The greater part of the world walks after their own counsel.
- See that the godly are to be rebuked because they do not walk closely with God. Who are you conversing with? Are you not, many times, walking with the devil and making provision for the flesh? You should be walking with God.
- Let us keep close to God in our walking with Him. Though we are afflicted, it should be comfortable to walk with God.
- If there is so much excellency in walking with God here, then think how excellent it will be in heaven.
Jeremiah Burroughs encourages believers with a practical example of walking with God:
"Many times God, our Dear Friend, call us, 'Come, let us walk together.' When God darts a heavenly thought into your minds He calls you to walk with Him there, and would have you follow that thought. Following that heavenly thought is the answering of God's call to walk with Him. Consider this one thing, do not refuse this. You do not know how your lives may be comforted this way, and how your hearts may be strengthened."
In my next post I will look at the evidences of walking with God from Chapter 7.
"And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him," (Gen. 5:24).