When Has God Stopped Walking With Us?
In April 2013, I attended the 30th Anniversary conference of the Women's Ministry of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York. Rev. Dr. Elaine M. Flake is the Co-Pastor of the Church and the head of the Women's Ministry. The conference theme was "Powered Up!" and based on 2 Timothy 1:7. I shared my experience on the My Faith and Fitness Blog when I returned home. During the conference, I purchased several DVDs and CDs of previous conferences. Eleven to be exact, but who's counting.
I finally had some quiet time and watched the DVDs. One particular message was still on my mind days after watching the DVD. It was the message that Bishop Cynthia James preached during the Morning Miracle service on Saturday, April 24, 2010. The theme for 2010 was "Walking In Divine Manifestation" and based on 1 Corinthians 12:4-7. Towards the end of her message, Bishop James referred to Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" in order to encourage us to walk with God.
After the DVD was complete, I started to wonder, "What if God doesn't want to walk with us?" I know that God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, but does that mean that God is necessarily walking with us at all times? When we are disobedient, God is not in agreement with our behavior. It is safe to say that God is not walking with us in our disobedience. So, where is God in that situation? When we go places where we should not go, has God stopped walking with us? It has been said that we take God everywhere, but what happens when God doesn't want to be in that particular place? Does God stop walking with us? If so, what do we do when we realize that God has stopped walking with us? How can we minister to those who believe that God has stopped walking with them? How can we minister to ourselves when we believe that God has stopped walking with us?
I'm still working through these questions. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. Please leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page. Be blessed as you contemplate these questions. Remain encouraged.