In the physical sphere, learning to walk is a step toward independence while in the spiritual sphere learning to walk with God is a step toward dependence on Christ. Total dependence on God should be our goal and no other faith-hero can give us, last-day believers, deep insights into what it truly means to walk a holy walk with God, like Enoch.
When Enoch became a Father to Methuselah, he experienced a deeper relationship with God and was given additional life – both spiritually and literally. “Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years.” Genesis 5:21, 22.
As Enoch lived in the time of Noah, he faced tremendous threats on his holy walk. It was an evil age thickened with iniquity and one had to be fiercely devoted to God not to become poisoned by the moral pollution that surrounded him. Enoch clearly had a secret for success, for, for three hundred years, he remained separate from that which surrounded him and enjoyed an enriching relationship with God.
What was his secret? Enoch protected his special time with God to experience a deeper encounter with God. To walk with God means to meet with Him consistently and allow His light to infiltrate our entire being. It suggests protecting that special time (meditation and devotion) you set aside to bask in the Savior’s glory and sit at His feet as a student of His way. Enoch was only able to experience a deeper encounter with God by sacrificing his time to spend time with God.
Ellen G. White sheds light on Enoch’s habitual dwelling in the presence of God: “In the midst of a life of active labor, Enoch steadfastly maintained his communion with God. The greater and more pressing his labors, the more constant and earnest were his prayers. He continued to exclude himself at certain periods from all society. After remaining for a time among the people, laboring to benefit them by instruction and example, he would withdraw, to spend a season in solitude, hungering and thirsting for that divine knowledge which God alone can impart. Communing thus with God, Enoch came more and more to reflect the divine image. His face was radiant with a holy light, even the light that shineth in the face of Jesus.” Gospel Workers, p. 52.
A holy walk gives us a holy glow that comes from a holy Light.
Although Enoch remained separate from that which surrounded him, he was not a hermit, neither was he anti-social – he was very much involved in his community. For some, this separation refers to a personal Sabbath or the Lord’s Holy Sabbath but Christ requires more than one meeting per week. He desires to meet with you daily.
What’s the big ado about a deeper experience with God anyway?
1. We are better able to reflect His light to those in our lives.
2. We are better able to dodge the attacks from the enemy.
3. We are better able to understand the trials and letdowns in our lives.
Time with God puts things into perspective and prepares us to face our varied spiritual battles.
Enoch could not walk with God unless he acknowledged and agreed with the ways of God. Consider Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” Unless two agree, they will never have an intimate relationship together. Enoch agreed with the ways of God and as such was able to harmoniously walk with Him. But he couldn’t agree with the things of God unless he acknowledged the sovereignty of God. Interestingly, the more of God that Enoch experienced, the more he was willing to submit to the leadership and sovereignty of God. If we are to walk with God, we have to admit that God knows what is best for us.
The fruit of walking with God is keeping His commandments. Enoch’s obedience to God’s commandments was motivated by love. He walked in obedience and truth because of love. We too can only walk with God, if we keep His commandments…not out of fear but out of love.
Let us break down what love for God will not permit us to do:
Love for God will not permit us to participate in improper conversation.
We will not feel COMFORTABLE indulging in improper conduct because of our love for God.
Our love for God will not find us parlaying with temptations or giving way to debased thoughts and desires.
2 John 6, “This is love that we walk according to His commandments.”
The proof of our love for God is in how we keep His commandments or standards from a heart of love.
The fruit of our holy walk is keeping the standard and commandments of the One we love – God.
Hebrew 11:5 says that because of Enoch’s perfect witness, God translated him. This will be our experience when we walk with God daily; He will translate us or take us away to a place where we can remain safe and in sweet communion with Him. This place may be a safe barrack of comfort in the warzone of our job or a place of peace in the battlefield called home. It is a special place where the Lord takes us mentally when we reach out to Him or commune with Him in the midst of what is happening around us.
‘By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: he could not be found, because God had taken him away’.
How is your walk with God? Steady stumbling? Slowly crawling? Taking it one step at a time? Whatever learning stage you are in, my prayer is that you gain sufficient spiritual strength to walk as Enoch walked with Christ daily.
Love, peace, and joy,
Scripture of the Week
“Teach us your ways, we long to walk in your truth.” Psalm 86: 11.
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