Genesis 5:24 – “And Enoch found favor in the presence of God, and disappeared; for God took him away.”
Here in the early pages of the Bible, we find an amazing account of a man who, although living in the midst of incredible wickedness held a testimony that he pleased God. He was living a godly life in the midst of extreme sinfulness and disobedience. The Bible says that Enoch Walked with God!
During a time when self-gratification and selfishness were the accepted norms, Enoch walked with God! In a time when men were allowing sin to have full and free reign in their lives, Enoch walked with God! In a society in which sin was not only considered acceptable but even respectable, Enoch walked with God! What a Testimony! What a record of Hope!
This suggests that if he did in that time before Christ the Savior’s coming, we can! Enoch Walked with God and he was not for God took him! What a testimony! What a story! What a goal for us to shoot for!
There are several things to be gleaned from the account of Enoch that I would like to highlight. Three things in particular – His Walk, His Word, and His Wind-up!
LET’S CONSIDER HIS WALK
Enoch Walked with God! If we understand that walking with God is living in a deep personal relationship with Him, we find insight and a challenge. To walk with God is to walk with His Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Omnipresence. It is to walk in Divine Love in a manner far beyond what most realize. It is to walk in a Divine Anointing that unveils truth and breaks chains. It is to walk with the Living God, the King of kings, and the LORD of lords.
The wealth of what is implied in this phrase is invaluable and inexhaustible. But let’s consider what it means to Walk With God. There are several things I would like for us to consider.
- To Walk With God Implies Right Relationship.
Amos 3:3 – “Can two walk together except they are agreed?” There is agreement as to the ultimate goal, end, or objective. There is agreement as to the means or method of reaching that goal or end. There is agreement as to how to live and practice the purposes of God.
An agreement involves an act of the will. It is a decision where two or more elect to follow the same course and do the same things. I suggest that to will something is to do it. Therefore, to will to serve God is to serve God. Failure to serve Him with the aid of the Holy Spirit is to will not to do so. It is truly a matter of choice. He invited us to enter in and we have to come into agreement with Him and choose Him as He has chosen us. In John 10:27, Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
- To Walk With God Involves Willful Obedience To His Moral Law.
When a moral agent perceives the good and valuable, he instantly, necessarily and without condition, acknowledges his obligation to choose it. Failure to do so is disobedience and rebellion against God’s moral law.
To choose implies preference whereas refusing in choice in the opposite direction. To choose God and His holiness is to also reject sin and its vileness. How can we claim to love God and choose, as the ultimate goal of our life His best good and not consecrate all our strength to it? If that is the thing for which we live, then we must aim at and live with Him as our first choice in everything.
Therefore, to walk with God is to make Him supreme above all else all the time! To achieve this goal, we must embrace His love and reciprocate with our devotion to Him. This Love is Voluntary. It is rooted in Liberty, and it is Intelligent, thought out, and knows why it chooses to commit that love to Him. This is a Love that is void of Self.
Walking with God involves loving God enough that we desire His good and kingdom above all else. We love Him enough to pursue with our entire being those things that will please Him and reject those things foreign to Him. Enoch Walked with God – Enoch Loved God!
- To Walk With God Is To Love In A Manner Pleasing To Him.
In Hebrews 11:5 we read that the patriarchs had the testimony of being pleasing to God through faith. To please God, we must walk in the Light that we have, no excuses, no justifications but with honest effort. To please God, we must pursue Christian perfection – (To Aim At It and Strive for it). We must maintain a right relationship with God, others, and ourselves.
God desires that we walk or live in a manner as to fulfill all the known demands of moral law and live above reproach. Remember Enoch Walked with God! If Enoch did before the coming of Jesus and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we can too!
I want to address this a little more but will pause here and pick this up in the next devotional.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Jesus!