Walking with God

“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24).   
What a marvelous concept – that a person can walk with God and be so blessed by God!  Enoch, just 7 generations removed from Adam, must have been a marvelous personality to know because of His decision to live close to God and walk with God.  The blessing he enjoyed of being taken by God, apparently without the death process, may not be one that you and I share identically with Enoch unless the Lord should return during our life span (1 Thess. 4:13-18); but it serves as a reminder to us that God does take care of all those who make the right choice to walk with Him.
One of the sad thoughts we get from that time period is that men did not always choose to walk with God.  Enoch was the Great Grandfather of Noah.  Not everyone was like Enoch, nor Noah.  From Genesis Chapter Five regarding Enoch, to Genesis Chapter 6 regarding Noah’s generation, we learn in Gen 6:12 KJV “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.”    In Genesis 6, Verse 8, we learn that in this wicked world of verse 12, Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  In Genesis 6, Verse 9 we learn that Noah “Walked with God.”
We live in perilous times, and if there is any hope for us and our children, we too must “walk with God.”  Of  course, this would mean that we can “no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk...” (Eph. 4:17-20).  God expects better of us than to imitate the life choices of a secular society.  The sins of our time are very much like the sins of Noah’s day.  Name a sin that exists today and you can pretty well read about the same kind of sin of generations all back through the Old Testament to a time not far removed from Adam and Eve.
Paul instructs us in Ephesians Chapter 5 of the nature of “Walking with God.” After the instruction of Ephesians 4 that we should “no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk...”  we then get these admonitions: In Ephesians 5:1-17:   In verse One it is required of those who walk with God that we be, “Followers of God as dear children.”  In Verse 2 we are to “Walk in love.”  In Verses 8-11 we are instructed to “Walk as children of light,” exposing the sins of darkness.  Then in Verses 15-17, we are to “Walk as wise—understanding of what the will of the Lord is.”
When I was a young boy, I suppose most children knew one of the “big people” songs better than most of the others because they sang it so boisterously as I recall.  I can still envision little 5-year-olds singing it, almost off key, but so inspiringly.  Our young people today may not know it quite as well as churches have a wider variety of songs and might sing that one less often.  We should stay familiar with its message.  
“Trust And Obey”
by John H. Sammis and Daniel B. Towner, 1887

When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.

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