Walk With God In 2015

W. Terry Varner
January 4, 2015

As we begin the new year, we urge all Christians everywhere to take a serious inventory of their lives. When we speak of “walking” with God, we mean to “live with God.” We are to live daily for Him (Philip. 1:21).

There is no promise of success in this world without God’s help. Obeying God, following His authority, depending on His assistance, and knowing the promises of God will bless our faithfulness, let us live 2015 by faithfully walking with God.

Consider the following song written by Washington Gladden titled: “O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee.”

O Master, let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me Thy patience! Still with Thee
In closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In hope that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broadening way,
In peace that only Thou canst give,
With Thee, O Master, let me live.

The hymn was published in 1879 and was written during the period of religious history when emphasis given to the social gospel. The Civil War had ended and America was in the throes of the industrial revolution. Many of America’s more liberal preachers were great supporters of the social justice. One of the leaders was Washington Gladden who authored this hymn. In fact Gladden was known until he died as one of Americans most distinguished preachers. Gladden was born in Potts Grove, Pennsylvania on February 11, 1836. He graduated from Williams College in 1859 and was ordained into the Congregational Church. In 1882 Gladden began ministering to the First Congregational Church in Columbus, Ohio. He remained there for 32 years. He was know for “the gospel to the social, political and economic life of America and the world. Gladden was also known for his ability to negotiate various national disputes and strikes. In 1883 Gladden arbitrated the telegraphers’ strike and in 1884 he arbitrated the hocking Valley Coal Strike. He was the object of bitter criticism from both the business world and his denomination. Eventually, the Congregational Church turned against gladden when he attacked John D. Rockefeller, Sr., for his $100,000 gift to the Congregational Church Foreign Missions Board. Gladden called the gift “tainted money” because of Rockefeller’s connection with Standard Oil. The following two additional stanzas were part of this hymn:

O Master let me walk with Thee
Before the taunting Pharisee;
Help me to bear the sting of spite,
The hate of men who hide Thy light.
The sore distrust of souls sincere
Who cannot read Thy judgments clear,
The dullness of the multitude
Who dimly guess that Thou are good.

In 2015 let us join Enoch (Gen. 5:24) and many other noble soldiers of the cross who through the ages have walked with God.