Then Enoch WALKED WITH GOD 300 hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah…
…And Enoch WALKED WITH GOD; and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:22, 24)
In a frustrating world filled with pain and death, where can we find the invigorating life we crave?
Jesus claimed to offer an overflowing life in contrast to death and destruction (John 10:10)
The problem is that many claim to know Jesus, but don’t enjoy that kind of life!
Enoch lived in a time in which everyone was dying. Genesis 4 presents a downward spiral of false worship, selfish anger, jealousy, deception, murder, lying and rebellion.
Genesis 5 recounts the resulting broken record of every man living for a while, and then dying, yet Enoch was different. He had no ordinary life, he WALKED WITH GOD! He also did not experience death; he “was not!”
Genesis presents Enoch as an example of hope for the rest of us that we don’t have to be stuck in the dead end rut of existing in pain and frustration until death. Instead we can enjoy life in relationship with God.
The picture of WALKING WITH GOD is graphic. It reminds us that we must focus on God and stay in step with Him! We cannot go our own way, expecting that He will come along! Am I staying With Him in honest and consistent attention to His way and step?
As we see with Abraham, this walk starts by grace through faith (Genesis 15:6) and it continues by grace through faith (Genesis 17:1). When we stray, we can and must return quickly to the path of life.
God graciously forgives, and when I am with Him, I need fear no evil.
Dear God, help me to understand what You path is and be willing to follow completely in Your ways.
Help me to see where my path strays from Yours and return quickly to the path of life. Amen
(John Soden Lancaster Bible College)