Walking With God
by Steve Klein
Text: (Genesis 5:22-24)
Introduction: The NT tells us that Enoch "did not see death, and was not found because God had translated him" (Hebrews 11:5). I read about a little girl telling this story in a Bible class; she said something like this, "God and Enoch used to go on long walks together. One day they went for a very, very long walk. It got late and God said to Enoch, 'We're closer to my house than to yours; you better just come home with me.' And he did!" Through child's eyes we see the kind of walk with God that each of us want to have; A walk which can be realized by...
Faith in the unseen presence of God -- Enoch believed that "He is"
He is ever present, Psalm 139:7-10
This needs to be real to us -- Some years ago I remember people objecting to the song "My God and I" (#93 HFW) because of its suggestion of the personal real presence of God.
When my daughter was a toddler, her imaginary friends had a more real presence than God does to most people.
Faith is "the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1).
We "walk by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7
Enoch believed "that He is" and is a rewarder (Hebrews 11:5-6)
"Pleasing God" -- Enoch "pleased God", Hebrews 11:5-6.
Obedience, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 teaches that pleasing God involves following the Commandments.
In the OT, walking with God involved walking in His ways and keeping commandments, Deuteronomy 13:4; 5:33; 10:12ff.; 30:16.
Disobedience was referred to as walking "contrary" to God and carried with it the promise of punishment, Leviticus 26:21, 23-24
Holiness & Purity -- 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 teaches that the will of God is holiness and purity. Those "in the flesh" cannot please God, Romans 8:8
We must walk in the light to walk with Him, 1 John 1:7.
In Hosea 11:12, the prophet said, "Judah still walks with God, Even with the Holy One who is faithful."
Malachi commends Levi for walking with God in times past -- Malachi 2:6 "The law of truth was in his mouth, And injustice was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and equity, And turned many away from iniquity."
Notice that, besides demanding personal holiness, walking with God involves turning "many away from iniquity."
This is the sentiment of the second verse of "O Master Let Me Walk with Thee" by Washington Gladden (#65 HFW). "Help me the slow of heart to move, By some clear winning word of love; Teach me the wayward feet to stay and guide them in the homeward way."
Not defiling our garments, Revelation 3:4""You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy."
Conclusion: May each of so live that when we come to the end of life's walk with God, death itself will be no more than a resplendent walk in white to the home of God.
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