“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
The labor of God is to get us on the same page with Him. He would always lead and have us follow. We don’t instruct Him. We are the taught; He is the Teacher. He lets us speak; He considers what we have to say; but when we’ve said our piece – He has the final say. By virtue of who He is – it is His right to rule.
God never comes around to seeing things the way we do; we must come around to see things the way He does. When we lean to our own understanding; when we take off without consulting Him; when we go it alone, we have broken fellowship and friendship with God.
The enemy hates that man should walk in harmony with God. He never wants the creature on the same page as his Creator. Where God gives a reason against doing something (“You will surely die,”) the serpent gives a reason for doing it (“You will be as gods.”) When desire is strong enough, we’d rather not hear what God has to say about something. We’ve got places to go and things to see, and maybe we’ll check back with Him later.
Walking with God requires honoring Him as God, and not reserving for yourself the right to do as you please. There is no true worship where we only draw near to God with our mouths, but have removed our hearts far from Him. “… Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam. 15:22)
We can forget God as we pursue our own way; but He sees our dismissal of Him. He knows those who are His and those who aren’t. His eyes search to and fro throughout the whole earth looking for those who are worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. They are always enquiring of the Lord; gaining His permission to proceed down any path; listening for His still, small voice – even the whisper of their conscience. Their greatest joy is knowing that they are walking in the light side by side with their God.