15
Apr
15

WALKING WITH GOD: ENOCH

“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” – Genesis 5:24

Enoch is one of a very select few whom the Bible specifically states that they walked with God.  We know of the great faith and impact of such men as Moses, David, Peter, and Paul, but none of these men are specifically mentioned as having walked with God.  So what are the special lessons that God has for us about the men who are mentioned as having walked with God?

First, the Bible tells us that Enoch walked with God after the birth of his first son, Methuselah (Genesis 5:21-22).  This specifically tells us that many times, a drastic life event will culminate in a closer, more fervent walk with God, or a turn to God in faith, as seems to be the case of Enoch here.  Cross reference Peter, who walked with Jesus for three years, but did not seem to have a more consistent walk with Him until after he denied Jesus three times.  After Peter’s denial, Jesus looked at Peter, and he wept bitter tears.  Another example is Saul, who murdered Christians for a hobby until he encountered a bright light on his way to kill more Christians.  After this life-event, his life was never the same again, resulting in closer walk with God.

There are many life-changing events that we encounter today.  Perhaps it could be hitting the rock bottom of a drug or alcohol addiction.  Maybe it is the diagnosis of cancer, a heart attack or stroke.  Our life-event might be the stunning announcement by our spouse that they want a divorce, or the news from our boss that we are being downsized.  It could be a rebellious child that tells us that they do not want us in their lives ever again.  Or it could be the death of a person very close to us.  Whatever the event, we should allow it to draw us closer to God and not further away.

The second point that we can see from the Bible is that so close was this walk that God decided to take Enoch to heaven without tasting death.  While we will never encounter such a privilege, we have been saved from the bondage of sin, death and hell.  We can satisfy our thirst from the water God provides without cost (Isaiah 55:1-3).  And when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us (James 4:8).  When we commit to taking in His goodness, we will not be disappointed.

Last, Hebrews 11:4 reiterates that Enoch did not know death, but was taken away.  But this verse also adds, “he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.”  Wow!  Enoch’s witness and walk were such that he was pleasing to God!  What if we could tap into this kind of witness and walk?  How can we do it?  “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:4).  Before we can please Him, we must demonstrate faith and earnestly, diligently seek Him on His terms, and not our own.  And let us never forget that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).

Let us strive to have a closer walk with God so as to please Him every day of our lives!

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