WALKING WITH GOD

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

Have you ever thought about Enoch? You have to admit, this is a really strange story. Enoch actually walked into heaven. Paul spoke about Enoch in the book of Hebrews. He said “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God”. But what exactly is this story about? What Enoch teaches us is that is actually possible to walk with God. We walk with God day by day, this is the life that pleases the Lord. This is the life of faith. Here is how Andrew Murray describes it.

“To know God, to see God in everything and everywhere, in our daily life to be conscious of His presence so that we always walk with Him-this is the true nobility of man; this is the life that faith lives; this is the blessedness Jesus has now fully revealed in the rending of the veil. Faith can walk with God. He that cometh to God must believe that He is. And also a rewarder of them that seek after Him. Faith believes that God can be found; that He can and will make Himself known; that He cares for everyone who truly longs for Him; that He has a divine reward for the seeker after Him. In seeking Him the way may at times be dark and long, and the progress slow; faith honours God with its confidence as the God of love and truth; He will reward and bless. Let the deep restfulness of this assured conviction be the root of all your seeking after God.”

So faith is about more than just going to heaven, its about living a better life, a drastically different life, right here right now. This life of faith is characterized by intimate fellowship with the Lord. So how can I walk with the Lord, how can I make the changes in my life that this demands? It all starts with a heart change; nothing else could explain it. Our hearts that were cold and even hard toward the Lord are changed my just one touch. We see that the death of Christ opened this new way of life up for us. Now that our sins are forgiven we can enter into the presence of the Lord. This forgiveness of all of our sins takes us down the path of Enoch, walking with God.

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