However difficult it may seem to our finite minds, it is possible, according to the Word of God, to walk faithfully and in fellowship with our heavenly Father.
Today’s Reading: Genesis 5:1-7:24 (additional reading Psalm 3:1-8 and Proverbs 1:10-19)
Key Verse: “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Genesis 5:24
Many of you might have decided to do more exercise as part of your New Year’s resolution. According to medical authorities, walking is one of the most effective forms of physical activity. It stimulates the heart and lungs, strengthens the bones and muscles, increases the blood flow throughout the body, and reportedly contributes to the loss of excess weight. Because of its multiple values, we have been encouraged to leave our cars behind and walk more.
God wants us to understand that the Christian life is a walk. It’s a journey which requires dedication, courage, and persistence. It calls for self-surrender, a fully yielded life, and an intense desire to please God rather than ourselves. The spiritual walk of which the Bible speaks is a dynamic exercise of faith, and the successful completion of this walk is dependent not upon one’s natural or physical resources but upon the strength, leadership, and influence of the Holy Spirit.
In our reading today we were introduced to Enoch. Enoch is one of the most striking personalities of the Old Testament. He is one of but two men of whom it is said: “he walked with God.” He is also one of only two men who lived on this earth and went to heaven without passing through the portals of death. He is the only one, except Jesus, of whom it is written that “he pleased God.” The reason for the remarkable qualities and successes of this man is what we read in Genesis 5:24: “He walked with God.”
God is not calling us to an ordinary walk because we do not keep company with the ordinary. We are walking with God. However difficult it may seem to our finite minds, it is possible, according to the Word of God, to walk in fellowship with our heavenly Father. Enoch’s walk emphasises an essential relationship between humanity and divinity, between God and man, between that which is weak and limited, and that which is all-powerful and unlimited.
The Bible says that Enoch had this testimony that “he pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5). How was Enoch able to please God? The writer of Hebrews tells us that “without faith, it is impossible to please [God]” (11:6). Enoch could walk with God because he was a man of faith and placed his trust in God.
Let us enjoy this walk of faith with our heavenly father. Let us “walk worthy of God, who has called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:12).
- Are you walking in fellowship with God?
- Do you live a life that pleases God?
- How can you walk more in tune with the Holy Spirit?
Father, Thank You for enabling us to walk with you. Thank You that this is not dependant on our own strength, but on your faithfulness. Help us to stay in step with you today and throughout this year. In Jesus’ name, Amen.