“You have not walked in the ways of your father…” 2 Chronicles 21.12
Throughout the books of Chronicles, the accounts of the various kings of Israel and Judah read like a report of walking up hills and down valleys: one king walked in the ways of God, another did not! It’s tempting to think that this is all about the history of a distant land and has very little relevance for us today. However it is also our story.
If we are honest, many of us would say that our life with God is rather similar to those kings of Israel and Judah - a varied walk, sometimes walking with him and on other occasions walking in the opposite direction. Again, it comes down to us making choices. We can choose whether or not to walk in the ways of God, just as yesterday we looked at how we can choose whether or not to fear the Lord.
This is wonderful news because it means that whatever you face today, you can make a choice to walk in the ways of God. Just because you did not walk in his ways yesterday does not mean that you cannot live differently today. You get to choose where to put your feet. Of course, this is really about an underlying attitude of mind rather that a literal interpretation of exactly where you will walk, but the truth is that you are going to follow in someone’s footsteps today – so whose will you choose?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission