Amos was a prophet from Tekoa, which was about six miles south of Bethlehem. He ministered during the reigns of Uzziah over Judah and Jeroboam II over Israel in the 8th century B.C. His primary message was a warning to the pagan nations and to Israel of God’s impending judgment. A key part of this warning is in the form of a discourse in which God lamented Israel’s departure from the faith (Amos 3:1-8). This departure was made all the worse because God had chosen Israel from among all the families of the earth to be His, but they had rejected Him (v. 2).
In Amos 3:3-6 God asked a series of questions, each of which implied a negative response. The most important of these questions is in v. 3, where God asked, “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?” (ESV) The obvious answer is, “No.” Two people cannot walk together if they have not agreed to do so. The implication, of course, is that Israel was no longer in agreement with God. They were walking their own way, which was clearly not God’s way.
This is such a simple, yet powerful illustration of a fundamental truth in our relationship with God. We cannot walk together with God if we are trying to go our own way through life. The Old Testament certainly affirms this truth in case after case. Moses frequently admonished Israel to carefully keep God’s commandments and to not turn aside to the right or to the left (Deut. 5:32). In other words, Israel must agree to walk God’s way in order to be blessed.
This principle was reaffirmed by our Lord during His earthly ministry. In the Sermon on the Mount He stated it very simply in Mt. 7:13, 14. He said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (NASB) He further emphasized this truth in Jn. 14:6, where He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (NASB)
It is hard to argue with these statements. God the Father said two cannot walk together unless they agree to do so. His Son, our Savior, said there is only one way that leads to life, and He is it. No one will come to the Father except through Him. Therefore, we must agree to walk the Lord’s way in order to have eternal life.
Agreeing to walk the Lord’s way means that we subjugate our will to His will. It means that we do not second-guess God’s will, or question the direction it leads us. It means that we commit to obeying all that He commanded us, just as Jesus said in Mt. 28:20. Walking together with the Lord means that we acknowledge that He is God and His will must be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
There are many today who claim to be walking with God. The airwaves are full of preachers who eloquently declare their fidelity to God and call others to walk with them, as they walk with God. The proof in the pudding, as it were, however, is whether these proclamations agree with what God’s word has revealed. God accepted no variation from His will among His chosen people Israel, even though they served what the book of Hebrews calls “the shadow of good things to come” (Heb. 10:1). How much more so, then, is this the case for those who live and serve in the reality of the kingdom, as we do today? The only way we can get to heaven is to walk together with our God as He leads us there through His inspired word. Don’t you agree?