“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3
What a timeless truth. I first remember hearing about Jesus when I was five years old. As far as I know, that’s when we started attending church and I was enrolled in a small Christian school. My fondest memories are about Jesus and especially how he loved the children and even rebuked his disciples that day and let the little children come to Him and be held and blessed. And even as a little five year old, I knew one thing. I wanted to walk with Jesus. I wanted it so much that I dreamed about it, I thought about it, and I played games centered around it. Maybe I was a strange little kid, but whatever the Lord had planted in my heart at that early age, impacted my life forever.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” What a pertinent question. It defines those who belong to Christ and it defines those who refuse to belong to Christ. It even defines our relationships or lack of relationships with others. I mean, come on, look at what happens to husbands and wives who can’t be agreed. Look at the statistics on the great extent of divorce and how they are ceasing to walk together. What about broken friendships because of disagreement? And what about all those relationships that never began because of lack of agreement in the first place? Yes, this is true. Just look at life. The people who cling together are those who agree together.
Now this is not just a wise saying. This is a saying of greatest eternal value and great import for us. As a matter of fact, our success and life and future depend upon understanding the depth and importance of this saying and applying it in our lives. Because by this saying, God is saying that He, the God of creation and the God of the universe and the God of angel armies and the God who knows the heart of man, wants to be the One who walks together with us, the mere men and women that He created. This God of awe and wonder wants us, created us to agree with Him. He wants us to know Him that intimately and walk in His ways that intimately and bear His image on this earth that He created. He has already agreed and stated that as His desire. But there has to be agreement between both parties for there to be relationship, at least one that walks together. I have to agree or I miss out on the relationship and the walk designed for me.
Here’s the other truth that goes with this. “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.” Why don’t people know how to do right? Because they won’t agree with the One who is right. Why are people surprised by the things happening in life around them? Because they won’t listen to what the God who designed them for relationship with Him reveals to those who know Him. And the truth is, that as You reveal to those who walk with You, they always reveal to the others around them. And You continue to reveal Yourself through Your creation that is there for all to see. Paul reminds us, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20) Every one of us is surrounded by evidence of God just by nature of life itself and all we see at work around us. But You take that even farther and more personal to invite us into a daily walk with You where we can know You and Your thinking and not just know of You by the evidence You have left behind.
You haven’t just left evidence behind because You are still actively involved in holding all of nature together. But it’s one thing to see Your handiwork outside of me and it’s another thing to BE Your continual handiwork. Because You don’t just reveal Yourself and Your secrets and Your mystery to prophets or religious elites. You reveal Yourself to any who would walk with You, to any who would turn and agree with You. Look at Simon Bar-Jonah. He was brash and arrogant. But You saw someone different in him. You saw Peter and when Peter saw You for who You really are and agreed with You and walked with You, he started to see himself as You saw him and His life was changed into Your image. You revealed Your plans and Your heart to him and he lived them out. And what of Saul the persecutor? You saw Paul the apostle, who walked with You and agreed with You and lived You out in his life even though it lead to his death. But even that lead to life eternal with You, with walking with You and agreeing with You forever.
And why would they choose to walk with You and agree with You like that? Could it be because it was more than a flesh and blood thing but that You revealed the truth of Yourself to them? Is it that God would make Himself personally known? Would You let the secret out of the bag and into our hearts and lives? Even if I’m not a prophet? Even if I’m just me?
Jesus Himself thanked God for this truth. “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will.” (Luke 10:21) And it’s not that the wise and those who think they know so much, can’t know. The truth is that they choose not to know, they choose not to agree, they choose to walk their own way. But not so those who see themselves as children who need a Father to walk with, who want that relationship, and see the value of agreeing with the One who knows and wants to share that knowledge.
It’s a message of truth for all people. An invitation to relationship. And no matter how others feel about it, it’s a message that has no shame. According to Paul, the Gospel of Christ and the relationship it brings, “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) Why? Because in it we see who God is. We come to understand what righteousness is and that it’s only of and in God. It’s all revealed and He is made known by agreeing and walking with Him and in Him. That’s that part about “faith to faith.” It doesn’t come without the agreeing and walking together. Faith is more than belief in words and doctrines. Faith is more than speech and ideas. Faith is those truths lived out. Faith is the agreement turned into the walk of our lives. The “just,” the holy live by that kind of faith. And the revealing continues into eternity because there is that much of God to be made known!
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 2 that there was a secret and hidden wisdom of God that God had decreed before the ages. Neither the earthly rulers or the heavenly rulers up to that time had understood it or they wouldn’t have crucified Jesus. But God had a plan for those who love Him. And God reveals that plan to us through the Spirit, that Spirit that searches everything including the depths of God. He searches the depths of our own hearts and the depths of God and makes them both known to us. Only if we don’t agree with God, we won’t agree with His Spirit either. And if we don’t agree, we won’t choose to walk with Him. And if we don’t walk with Him, we won’t get to know Him and we won’t hear a thing He has to share.
It’s not like we don’t have a choice. I can choose to listen to and agree with and walk with the Spirit of God. On the other hand, I can choose to listen to and agree with and walk with the spirit of the world. If I choose that, I’ll not know the “things that are freely given to us of God.” And the truth is that the things and relationship that God wants to give, the people and angels of the past wished they understood, including the prophets and angels, but today, in Christ by the Spirit of God, we can be filled up with what was lacking, with the personal knowledge of revelation, that of a true relationship with our living God!
This great mystery used to be available to a select few. But now it’s available to all who will agree with and walk with the Lord in Jesus Christ, the hope of glory. God is calling you and me out from the spirit of this world. He’s inviting us to agree with Him and walk with Him. We were created for that intimate relationship. God created us to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery of Christ in us.
God was using Amos to remind us of this truth, to bring Israel and us into that relationship we were created for, to break the chains of false thinking and false alliance. And it’s not that coming back or finding that place or being in that place in You comes without trials, but the truth is that You are worth the trials and You are greater than the trials. I mean, after all, You went through the greatest trial to win us back to You, to show how much You wanted us to agree with You and walk with You. If You were willing to walk through the fire of testing to win me back, then I think it is worth the testing of my faith that I might become genuine in my agreement and walk with and for You. And if Your walk has become the most precious thing to me, then surely the walk of tested faith You take me on, shall be precious to You.
Yeah, I wasn’t there when Peter and Paul were. I didn’t get to see You like I always wished I had. I couldn’t be reborn as a kid in Your day of walking back then. But You are the risen Saviour. And You invite me to walk with You today in agreement as Your disciple. And like Paul, we are invited to be Your emissaries in this world. I may not have his giftings, but then again, Paul didn’t have mine. Maybe I’ll never be given the opportunity to heal someone, or cast out a demon, but You have revealed so much to me that I see Your truth shine out through balloon creations, and magic tricks, and object lessons, and clown skits, and umbrella dances, and words on paper and words that float through the air, and so much more. And it’s not because I would have always seen these things. It’s because in knowing You and agreeing with You and walking with You, Your Spirit opens You up in everything. And I don’t have to be a Paul or a Peter or a Mother Theresa. I just get to become who You really created me to be. But I won’t ever realize that if I don’t agree with You and walk with You.
So I guess I have to determine who I will walk with. And if I want to walk with God, then I’ve got to walk with You. Because I can’t know You unless I know You and I can’t know You without walking with You and I can’t know You unless I listen to Your Spirit and that takes agreement. Because listening isn’t just listening. Listening is doing and following through. Here’s the sad thing, the truth is out there and available for every one of every nation, Jew and Gentile alike. But so many will never know, not because the knowledge wasn’t available, but because they would never look and search it out. How sad to miss out on the answer of life when it has always been within one’s grasp. I want nothing more than to walk in agreement with You, Lord, no matter what it takes.