• Matt Beaney

#236 – KEEP WALKING (16/11/20)


This week, we take a break from our current series.


On Sunday, David Holden, in His message, shared about his experience of having a hip replacement. He expressed his surprise at how quickly they urged him to get moving and walking. However, he came to realise that the medical team’s encouragement was designed to restore strength and make progress toward walking. Spiritually, we are to walk with God. In this Covid context, there is a particular danger of becoming static, immobile and passive. God wants us to be actively walking with Him at this time.


Readings and reflections

1. Suffering and trial are a door to neglect walking with God or, alternatively, a door to a closer walk with Jesus. Timothy Keller wrote,

‘One of the main metaphors the Bible gives us for facing affliction is walking – suffering is something that must be walked through. walking points to something to making progress. Walking is something non-dramatic, rhythmic - it consists of steady, repeated actions you can keep up in a sustained way for a long time. God is not tell Abraham (Gen. 17:1) to ‘somersault before me’ or even to ‘run before me’ because no-one can keep us such behaviour day in day out. Walking is rhythmic - on and on and on. To walk with God symbolises slow and steady progress. ‘ (Time Keller, walking with God)

Are you allowing this Corona Virus challenge, to draw you into a closer, daily walk with God?


2. There is great promise for those who will choose to walk with God,

‘Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.’ (Psalm 84:5-7)

According to the psalmist, who are the people that are blessed?

What happens to the desert places for those who walk with God and what does this mean?

Take a moment to pray and express your desire for a closer walk with Jesus.


To memorise this week

‘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.’ (Isaiah 40:30-31)


To consider this week

Have you considered starting a ‘running partners’ relationship? If we are to walk with God, we need the encouragement of our brothers and sisters. To find out more,

https://www.communitychurchputney.com/post/running-partners


Secondly, this week is a week of prayer and fasting for us as a church. Please sign up for as many sessions as you can at,

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyoxlMLUb3c-_QEJ7Ts36rX08SITCVpYhoLkxHZbG2GO0y8w/viewform?gxids=7628



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