Enoch walked with God… Genesis 5:24
Hebrews 11 paints a picture of a life of faith. Each story fills out the picture. In the story of Enoch, we learn that faith walks with God. To walk with God is to live in a constant, conscious enjoyment of His presence. It involves…
Peace—When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, they hid from God. You cannot walk with someone when you are hiding from them. To walk with God means that you are at peace in the presence of God, because you have nothing to hide from Him—any known sin in your life has been confessed and forgiven.
Purpose—Walking involves movement in a particular direction. If two people take different paths, they cannot walk together. Amos asks, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to meet?” (Amos 3:3). To walk with God means that we go where He is going. God is merciful and just, so when we do justly and love mercy, we walk humbly with our God (Mic. 6:8).
Progress—If you are walking with God, that does not mean you are perfect, but that you are making progress. Walking isn’t easy when the wind is against you. Sometimes it involves leaning into the wind. But even if your progress is slow, you will still be moving forward.
Privilege—Walking with God is the greatest privilege possible. What could compare? The Creator of heaven and earth, your heavenly Father, is so intensely interested in you, so intimately involved in your life, that He would choose to walk with you!
Pleasure—When you walk, you see, hear, touch, and smell things you don’t notice when you drive or fly. David says, “at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore” (Psa. 16:11). When you walk with God now, you are given a taste, an anticipation of the joys that will be yours forever in heaven.
In which of these areas do you find the greatest joy? Where is the greatest opportunity for more joy in your walk with Him?