We all grow comfortable with things the longer we use them. We all grow comfortable with people the longer we know them. The same could be said regarding our walk with God. The longer we do it, the more comfortable we become and the more intimate we are with God.
In scripture walking with God refers to our manner of life and how we conduct ourselves. There are in the Bible four men of whom it is said "walked with God". I believe it would be highly beneficial for us to meet these four gentlemen and understand a little about them and what they did that earned them this special distinction of being someone who walked with God.
As great as Moses, David, Paul and Peter were; the Bible never specifically states that they "walked with God" (even though we know they did). Three of these four men lived before the Law was given to Moses and thus lived during the time of so-called "unwritten law".
In Genesis 5:21-24 we see the first man who walked with God:
"And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters
And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years
And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him
Enoch has the distinction of being the first man who walked with God. It should be noted that in the Hebrew, the word "walked" implies a habitual walking and not just a step here or there. Enoch walked with God for 300 years after the birth of Methuselah. Most of us have problems walking with God for 300 seconds.
All we know from Genesis is that Enoch was 65 when Methuselah was born and he lived another 300 years and "God took him". This phrase does nothing but generate questions, with wondering where God took him being at the top of the list. Obviously God did something for Enoch which was unique and entirely special for him.
As much as we would like to know more about Enoch, it is not found in Genesis for the above verses are all that is written about him. The only other information we can find that would shed some light on what Enoch did which caused God to say he walked with Him and precipitated God "taking him" is found in Hebrews 11:5:
"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God
Without getting all technical, the world ¬Å "translated" would be better understood to be "transferred" or "transported". Enoch pleased God by walking with Him and as a result God transported him to heaven so he would not see death. How do we please God? Verse 6 tells us:
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him
So, as we wrap up looking at the first man who walked with God, we see that it was Enoch who not only walked with Him but pleased Him because he diligently sought Him in faith. There is so much we can learn from Enoch even though there is very little written about him. Whatever he did and however he lived, two things are for certain. Enoch walked with God and he pleased God.
What greater two things could we ever strive for in this life than to be as Enoch and walk with our God and please Him through our absolute faith in Him.
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