Towering like a giant colossus above the men of his generation and impressing multitudes in the centuries that have followed is the man Enoch. Enoch did not become noteworthy because of his profound scholarship or writing. He was not a great statesman, military genus, architect, or political figure. He is of eternal significance because scripture says, he ‘walked with God’ and ‘pleased God’ (Gen. 5:22 & Heb. 5:11).
This surely must be the highest praise that can be bestowed on any person. His life of walking with and pleasing God is validated in God’s word. He reached the pinnacle of human endeavor. If Enoch could walk with God through his 365 years in a sinful world, it should not be considered impossible for us to walk with Him across our lifetime.
What are the requirements, if we aspire to walk with God?
- Clean Hands: Job has some advice for those of us who would catch God’s hand and walk with Him. Job 11:13-14: “If you would prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward Him; If iniquity (sin) be in your hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness stay in your tent (in the house you live in).”
- Genuine Reconciliation: We must be at peace with God. God’s word says, “And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me …Then will I also walk contrary unto you…” (Leviticus 26:21&24). Two cannot walk together unless they are agreed. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3). That agreement comes on Calvary’s ground. “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
- Full Surrender: Enoch could walk with God because he was fully surrendered to God’s will and walked in the light God gave him. We must follow God’s lead, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7, NKJV).
“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deuteronomy 10:12 NKJV).
~ Brother Roy