Walk like Enoch

Enoch walked with God and was seen no more as was taken directly into the heavens. This character who was the grandson of Adam (through Seth) , the son of Jared, the father of Methuselah, and the great-grandfather of Noah pleased God.

The statement that Enoch walked with God seems to me, to be a significant aspect of his life here in earth, for we are told that this walk of faith was pleasing to God. I long to know how he walked, how he communed with God in such a way that God was pleased with his attitude. I wish we had more information from the Cannon about his way of life.

It appears to me that God is longing for us to emulate the life Enoch displayed for we read in Hebrews that without Enoch’s faith we cannot please God. Here is a simple test - when we run into a tight spot how do we react? Does our faith cope with our disasters in a way pleasing to God? Or do we revert to type? Does our ‘default faith’ click in as the reaction of the children of Israel showed on the shores of the Red Sea? We read in Exodus 14 that they complained bitterly to Moses – What have you done- we will all be killed – why?, Why did we leave Egypt, at least we would be safe in Egypt – better to die there than out in this god-forsaken desert. Complain, moan, grumble, grouch, whine, sound off, why, why, why?

What was Gods reply to this whinging? “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on .” In today’s language – For goodness sake be quiet and move on in faith. Can you hear Gods exasperation and disappointment? Many of us are like a broken record – we sit down, whine, moan and pout – we never move on for we are camped in a place called “doubting hollow.”

Does this sound like a replay of our own experience? A person who has been redeemed is above such an attitude. Why? Because we have been saved from sin, saved from anxiety, saved from panic mode, saved from worry, saved from complaining to God, saved from doubting Gods care and love to us, saved from doubting Gods promises. We have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and have taken our place in the heavenlies.

Look and learn says God – I have pulled you out of the wages of death and set you on higher ground, for your position before me is one of righteousness and being sanctified. God says in Romans 6 – “ count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.” The Greek word translated as count { λογίζομαι logizomai} means to compute, calculate, weigh up the reasons, to consider.

Many believers have not reckoned in their minds that the act of the cross has shifted their position before God, from dead to sin, to alive in Christ. Brothers and sister we need to get our heads around this fact – we are no longer under the dominion of sin to obey its lusts and doubts; we have been ransomed to serve righteousness. We have been placed by the death of Christ and his shed blood to stand tall on the promises of God.

How does this work in practice? When in a tight spot we cannot revert to type, for we have been renewing our minds to think and act in a different manner – our walk has been changed from head down and a shuffle to heads up and marching in Christ’s army. We are victorious, we have peace, we have certainty that God will not abandon us. When the storms of life blow our ship towards the rocks – our renewed mind says – “Thank you God that you are in control of the situation right now, I trust you to see me through, I know that you love and care for me and although I may stumble I will not fall down, I praise you God for your peace and I know you dwell within me." What a contrast to our previous default attitude.

Enoch’s walk reckons our minds at peace and in harmony with the walk of the Holy Spirit – no panic cries to God for help, no more anxious thoughts as we approach the throne of grace.

This is how I believe Enoch walked and such a walk is pleasing to God.

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 11 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced, 25 For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 26 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, 29 ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness. 30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!" 32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! 33 Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

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