Pondering The Possibilities
Is it possible, can we really walk with God? Have you ever wondered about this question as a non-believer looking to make a change in your life, or even for us Christians? How do we really walk with God, and is that even possible?
It seems that in the Bible very few people walked with God, or at least not in the way that Enoch did. Enoch walked in such a way with God, that he was translated to heaven without facing death. Did Enoch always walk with God? No he did not. He started to walk with God after something in particular happened in his life.
In all of our lives things happen, some good and some bad. Some of these things can draw us into a closer relationship with God, while for another person it may turn them away from God. I remember listening to a young man being interviewed after a mass shooting at a concert in the US. He stated that he had set out to the concert as an atheist, but was walking away from the concert a believer in God. So grateful he was, that his life was saved. For others it may have been quite different.
Enoch may have been a believer in God just like many other good men and women in the Bible, BUT he came to a turning point where he wanted to move into an even closer relationship with God.
After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. Genesis 5:22
In the above verse, it says that after Enoch became a father, and I think it was his first child, he decided to walk with God. He decided to make a major change in his life and that was to have a closer relationship with God. So perhaps his relationship before may have been filled with a lot of the emotions that we experience today, even though we are walking with God. He may have been easily angered, he may have been of an unforgiving spirit, and he may have been more unkind, but when his first son was born, it obviously made a great impact in his life and he decided to walk with God very closely.
To Walk With God
To be in a close relationship with God, and to walk every so closely with Him, we must show love on every level. It must have been a very difficult road for Enoch, because now he was called to be loving and kind to the very ones that he may have disliked. He now had to find kindness and compassion, not only for his loved ones, but to all who he would come in contact with. He would essentially be living out the fruit of the Spirit in his life. This is how Enoch would have maintained his walk with God, and when we make that turn in our lives, this is also how we are supposed to walk, because this is how we show our love for God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Showing Our Love For God
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. John 14:15
He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15:10
Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14
For some reason the enemy has blinded and clouded the minds of many to make them think that the ten commandments no longer apply. Nothing can be further from the truth. The Bible starts out early speaking on of the ten commandments and the Bible ends with almost the very last verse speaking about the importance of the ten commandments. So I would tend to believe that they are very relevant for us in our lives today. Yes, I know that we have all broken one commandment or another, but that does not mean that we don’t strive to show our love for God, by being obedient to His commands each and every day.
The Ten Commandments
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall make no idols.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
- Keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.
Enoch must have adhered so closely to the above principals that God was certainly manifested in his life. The road is long and the walk is difficult, but at least we know what it is that God requires from us. We want His blessings but don’t want to give anything in return. Would you not like to make a change in your life and establish a very close relationship with God and walk as Enoch did? I sure would like to be able to walk like that. I’m sure Enoch was not perfect and he worked out his faith each and every day with God.
God is love, He is gracious and kind, and He pours out blessings on all of us regardless, but there will be abundant blessings and rewards for those who make a turn in their lives and walk very closely with the Lamb. The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns His reward will be with Him. We know that He with give us a life time of being in eternity with Him and there we will get to meet Enoch and all the Bible characters that made it into heaven, but most of all is the time we will get to spend with our Lord and Savior.