They were doing so well, outrunning all the others on their combined three legs! But all it took was a small deviation to the right or to the left without the cooperation of the other to bring down this duo. There is no hope of winning the prize unless the two runners can move together in sync. The only way to be coordinated in their movements is to have complete agreement on their direction and their speed. The most important agreement to make is on who will lead and who will follow.
Today’s verse is in a little-known book of prophecy. Out of God’s love for Israel, he warns them of coming judgement through his prophet, Amos. He asks obvious questions of cause and effect to point out that their sin will be punished (verses 3-6). Two cannot walk together unless they can agree on their pace and their route. As a nation, they were collectively going in the wrong direction. Rather than walking toward the Lord in confession they were willfully walking away from Him in their sin.
I want to be intentional about who my walking companions are! My direction is very different than that of the world. If I am yoked with unbelievers than I will be tripping and falling all over the place (II Cor. 6:14). I want to walk in sync with the Lord and follow Him. That can only happen as I humbly agree with Him in confession. When I do, that walk is sweet and satisfying. He chooses just the right path and keeps me from stumbling. Walking with Him through life gives me purpose and fulfillment.
Lord, don’t let me wander. Keep me walking close to You.