Walking to God’s Heartbeat

I want to walk to God’s heartbeat. Don’t you? Then why do we so often take the easy way out? Our early church fathers, the early missionaries, and even Christ himself purposely chose the hard way, the way of self-denial. They chose to follow God’s way – regardless of the cost and even when it made things harder. But we often fall into the tendency of pleasing ourselves. Or doing just enough to get by, don’t we?

We live in troubled times. Confusion abounds, and boundaries of truth fade in the distance. Yet statistics sadly state that most Christians spend little or no time in Bible reading and prayer. And we fall into the trap of filling our lives with social media, games, entertainment, and shopping.

I fear we forget that God’s word is not a book of suggestions. And that it is a book of life-changing commandments calling us to a higher, deeper life.

Yet I really do want a deeper walk with God, and I’m sure you do too.

So how can we learn to walk to God’s heartbeat?

  1. By spending time in prayer and in his word.
  2. By choosing to follow him wholeheartedly, even at great personal cost, like C.T. Studd did.
  3. By living with intentional commitment, choosing what is best, and sticking to it.
  4. By simplifying our lives, homes, and commitments, to concentrate on what we know is truly important.
  5. By overcoming fear, courageously taking a stand for all that is right.
  6. And by learning to courageously walk against the current, like the ten Boom family.

But courage like this will not come from time scrolling social media, in front of the TV or computer, entertaining ourselves, or doing just enough to get by.

Such courage is not easy, and only comes by listening for God’s heartbeat.

By learning his word and discovering what is important to him. And spending time with him in prayer.

And in this generation, so out of touch with God and his ways, it’s more important than ever that we hear his voice. Otherwise, what words of wisdom and truth can we speak into today’s confusion?

But with God’s truth to guide us, we have what this world needs to hear!

IMAGES: Ocean walk by DigPD.

By Signora Sheila

Missionary blogger, wife, mom, nonna. Join my journey of Intentional Faith Living from my small town in southern Italy!

4 replies on “Walking to God’s Heartbeat”

You are so right, Sheila: God’s commandments are life-changing, bringing blessing, delight, understanding, and peace (Psalm 119:1, 16, 130, 165). A more thorough search of scripture would surely turn up more benefits that result from obedience. WHY do we balk sometimes?!


I’m afraid I don’t have the answer for that one, Nancy. Perhaps we lose sight of all the blessings and benefits that come with obedience, and start thinking that perhaps our way is best. How foolish we sometimes are. May we learn to walk that straight and narrow, but ever so blessed, road!!

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You’re so right! Reading God’s word is a vital step in walking with Him. “Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wickedAnd does not stand on the path of sinnersAnd does not sit in the seat of scoffers. But his delight is in the law of Jehovah,And he reads His law in an undertone day and night.” – Psalms 1:1,2
I’m committed to doing more depth and regular bible study this year. So far so good.


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