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May 24, 2012

Walking with God

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One of the most outstanding men to ever live on this earth was Enoch.  The Bible gives us very few facts about his life; but Genesis 5:24 tells us, “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”  There are four very important words in that verse that tell us volumes about Enoch.  Those words are “Enoch walked with God.”

Enoch was such a special man that Hebrews 11:5 says, “By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, and was not found because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have it said that you pleased God?  The reason Enoch pleased God was that he walked with God.  We too, will please God if we will walk with Him.

Have you ever considered what it means to walk with God?  Walking with God means to live the way God instructs us to live.  Throughout the history of man, God has told His people to keep His commandments and to walk in His ways.  The wise man Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.”  In a nutshell, our complete responsibility is summed up in respecting and obeying God.

We learn from the short letter of Jude that Enoch prophesied about the judgment of those who are ungodly.  Enoch recognized the importance of believing and obeying God.  The prophet Jeremiah wrote in Jeremiah 10:23, “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”  Man needs God to guide him.  The apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we are to walk by faith, rather than by sight.  Since faith comes by hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17), to walk by faith means to be guided by what God’s word says.

To walk with God means to walk according to His Spirit, who guides us by revealing God’s will for us in the Bible.  It is to walk in love, following the example of Jesus Christ.  Our walk, the way we live, is to be worthy of the Lord and of God who calls us into His kingdom and glory.  God created us to walk in good works.

Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  We are told in 2 John 1:6, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.”  We cannot claim to walk with God if we refuse to obey His commandments.  That, of course, is the equivalent to walking in the truth, because God’s word is truth (John 17:17).  Everyone who truly knows God will obey Him (I John 2:3-4).

John tells us that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  Then he adds in I John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  To walk in the light is to walk with God, going only where God would go and doing only what God would do.  Those who go where the Lord would not go, and who do things that are contrary to His will, separate themselves from His fellowship.  We are not surprised then, to read in Isaiah 59:1-2 that sin separates us from God.

Walking with God will please God, and it will also bring joy to His people.  In addition, it will bless the lives of the people around us as we let our lights shine around them.  But most importantly, it will prepare us for a home with God in heaven and will help us lead others there as well.  May we live our lives in such a way that one day it may be said of us that we too, walked with God.

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