“After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God for 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. The entire lifetime of Enoch was 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared because God took him away.” Genesis 5:22-24 NET
The Man Who Walked With God
What a way to be remembered – for your life to be recorded and read about centuries later as the man who walked with God! A few short lines sum up Enoch’s life. No great stories of battles fought and won. No memorable sermons preached and quoted from years later. Just those few words in Genesis 5:22 “Enoch walked with God for 300 years” and again in verse 23 “Enoch walked with God and then he disappeared because God took him.”
Walking with God
God created us for the enjoyment of relationship that involves intimate conversation, companionship and walking together. God longs to walk with you. He constantly seeks to draw you into a closer walk with him.
Galatians 5:16-26 instructs us to ‘walk by the Spirit’ and to ‘keep in step’ with the Spirit.
In Psalm 119:1-2 we are promised that “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,”
“Blessed” – those who keep company with God are blessed. That’s not the “name it claim it and frame it kind of blessing, it’s the Blessing of God’s presence, guidance, friendship and provision.
As we draw closer to God, he reveals the beauty of his face to us through his Word, The Bible.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalms 119:105 NLT
And, when we walk with God, He teaches us the secrets of his kingdom. He confides in those who walk closely with Him “The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.” Psalms 25:14 NLT
God wants to walk WITH us before he works THROUGH us.
God works with his friends. Yes, of course, God can use, or speak through anything and anyone. I often hear people say “if God can use a donkey (Balaam’s donkey) he can use me”. But why be a donkey when you can be God’s friend and walking companion?
Jesus told us that he confides his kingdom purposes to his friends: John 15:15 “I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father.”
That tiny paragraph in Genesis, summing up Enoch’s life contains a huge legacy.
And it’s attainable for every one of us.
Jill McIlreavy 💜