I’ve been reading through Genesis, and there is this moment that makes me pause every single time I come across it, because of what it evokes within me.
In Genesis 5:22, we read that Enoch walked with God. Then, we get to verse 24 and it reads that “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
Now, we can get all hung up on the fact that Enoch didn't just die, like everyone else mentioned before and after him in this genealogy in chapter 5; instead, as it’s written, Enoch was just taken by God.
But, I want to focus on something else that Enoch’s spot in this genealogy contains that the others do not, either. It’s very unique because the writer wanted us to know this about Enoch; he wanted to make this distinction that makes Enoch stand out here. And it’s this word, walked.
Is there not something so beautiful about this word? That Enoch walked with God? Does it not stir in your mind this image of serene stillness with God? This in-step and holy relationship with the Father? A beautiful moment happens when we come across this word walked here in chapter 5.
In the ESV Bible that I read, there are study notes included with the Scriptures. The study note that is written out for these verses in chapter 5 read as follows:
“The Hebrew verb for ‘walked’ is a distinctive form that conveys the sense of ongoing intimacy with God.”
That’s what it is; that’s what it’s all about.
When we read that Enoch walked with God, we read a brief account of a man that, for however long he began his relationship with God, had an “ongoing intimacy” with God—and never left His side. He continued to, in an ongoing manner, walk and grow deeper and deeper into knowing God.
Isn't this what we want?
When people look at our lives, don’t we want them to think right off the bat that we walk with God? Don’t we want that to be their very first thought? Even one day when we’re gone—don’t we want people to look back on our lives and the first thing say is that “he/she walked with God?”
QUESTIONS TO ASK OURSELVES
Our Group Life Minister here at OCC, Bryan Hay, left the congregation with a beautiful, powerful, and stirring message yesterday. What struck me most was this proposition he had for us to think through concerning our own lives:
1. “What in our lives increases our affections for Jesus?”
2. “What in our lives robs us of our affections for Jesus?”
This struck me because it allowed me to examine my own life and heart: are the things that I do helping me to know our God more, or do/can they take away from that pursuit?
Because it’s a pursuit that has to be all in.
The answers to these questions can show us a lot. And in my case, convict and challenge us a lot.
I want to be one who walks with God; in reverent, beautiful, ever-deepening, ever-widening ongoing intimacy.
I want people to remember me as one who walked with God.
2nd Peter 3: 18 says to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Let’s be people who seek to know Him more and more; let’s be people who seek to grow in ever-increasing affection. It’s there that we become forces in advancing His Kingdom here on earth, here in our workplaces, here in our schools, here in our homes, and here in our communities.
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.