Men of Character: Enoch (Genesis 5:21-24)
Genesis 5:21-24, And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Enoch makes only a brief appearance in the pages of Scripture, but his life holds an important lesson for us concerning the responsibility of faith in our lives. Since our Christian walk is only possible through faith, our lives should be steeped in the Word so our faith will grow and God will be pleased. The word walk in Scriptures speaks of a habit of life.
Enoch’s Walk with God Reveals He Met with God.
In order for mankind to have the ability to walk with God, man would need to have met with God. Enoch’s testimony once again indicates man’s walk with God since the fall in the garden. The one thing that stood out most in life, was his testimony, Enoch pleased God. This was the thing that pleased God about Enoch, that he “walked with God”. It is mentioned two times in Genesis 5:21-24. Enoch was a godly man who walked with God in a close special way and one day God literally took him to Heaven. God desires for us to walk with Him (John 4:23). There were only three people mentioned in the Bible as having a “walk with God”. All three were used by God (Enoch-Genesis 5:24; Noah-Genesis 6:9; Levi-Malachi 2:4-6).
Enoch’s Walk with God Reveals a Merging with God.
We cannot walk with God, declared the prophet, unless we are in agreement with Him (Amos 3:3). Our plans must be subjected to His plans; our ways must be yielded to His ways; our aspirations must be synchronized with His aspirations. The more we walk with God, the more we will be like Him. You either are, or will soon become, like those you associate with. Acts 4:20, For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. Although we live in a different time from Enoch, may we be “called unto the fellowship of His Son”, (I Corinthians 1:9) and walk in this intimacy. We must walk with God everyday (II Corinthians 4:16).
Enoch’s Walk with God Reveals a Movement with God.
As we walk physically we move forward and advance. In walking with God, Enoch made progress in the spiritual realm! Similarly, as we walk with God we mature and advance in the things of God. It is impossible to walk with God and never go anywhere in our Christian experience. May our great concern be to know Him and to move through life with Him! Daily Enoch walked with God and was in constant fellowship with Him, and God was pleased (Hebrews 11:5-6).
These following Scriptures are commands the Lord instructs us to walk in: Newness of life (Romans 6:4); honesty (Romans 13:13); by faith (II Corinthians 5:7); in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25); in love (Ephesians 5:2); as children of Light (Ephesians 5:8); circumspectly (Ephesians 5:15); in wisdom (Colossians 4:5).
PRAYER: Lord, keep my heart tender and on fire for You. May the desire to walk with You everyday never cease and may my walk with You bring You pleasure. I want my heart to bless Your heart and give You the love that You deserve. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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