Spirit Steps

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Galatians 5:16-25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. (v. 25)

I recently saw a picture of a man and his young son walking side by side along the beach, a beautiful example of “like father, like son.” The shape and angle of their feet were identical, their left feet were lifted exactly the same distance from the sand, and their knees bent in a sweet symmetry. Caught at the perfect moment, this photo reminded me of what it means to “keep in step with the Spirit.” The son’s left hand was safely held by his father’s right hand, making it easier to stay in sync.

Our connection with God helps us walk with him, too. When we read the Word and listen to him speak, we will walk on the right path, do his will, and not gratify “the desires of the flesh” (v. 16). We are often tempted to run ahead, explore on our own, or pull away from the secure hold of our Father’s hand. Galatians 5 lists many of “the works of the flesh” that we fall into: impurity, sensuality, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, envy (vv. 19-21), but it also presents a picture of a life serenely in step with the Spirit of God, producing fruits of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (vv. 22-23).

Walking hand in hand with God requires humble submission and a childlike trust. He knows what’s best. Our steps will line up with his as we follow his lead. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Hold our hands, Spirit of God, as we walk with you.