Genesis 5:24, “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him”
1 John 1:3, “Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ”
One hot summer day my granddaughter and I were enjoying the water slides at a nearby water park. While waiting in line for one of the rides, I overheard a man ask, “Does anyone know where this line is going?” The person next to him said, “I don’t have a clue.” I chuckled at their apparent ignorance, but then I realized I didn’t know where the line was going either. It didn’t make any difference, because it was a grandfather-and-granddaughter day and we were having a good time. It wasn’t important where we were going; it was being together that really mattered the most. That experience caused me to mull over my attitude toward what we often call “walking with the Lord.” Sometimes I believe we are so worried about where we’re headed in life that we fail to enjoy being with Christ every day? Isn’t our life of faith and walk with our Lord more a matter of companionship than getting somewhere?
Enoch, the Old Testament saint, “walked with God three hundred years” (Genesis 5:22). Then he just walked off the earth into God’s presence without even experiencing death (Hebrews 11:5). In Genesis, Noah is mentioned as a just man, perfect in his generations and he walked with God. How is your walk with God? Is it continual or do you many times take time off or lag behind? In reality, don’t we sometimes go our way and neglect our fellowship with Him? If we as believers in Christ “take time off” from our relationship with God, we will miss the guidance of His Word and the fellowship we experience in prayer. We will be more likely to forget our priorities and drift into forbidden areas that could lead to our downfall. We may not know where life’s road will take us, but we can enjoy the journey if we are walking with our Lord and Savior.
My brethren, to walk with God, we must keep in step without taking time off, running ahead or lagging behind. It doesn’t make any difference how long you have been a child of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, you need to guard your relationship with Him, because 1 Peter 5:8 tell us to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. It’s not just about going to church or having daily devotions. Along our walk, we need to talk with the Lord, listen to Him, enjoy His presence, and trust in His guidance when we cannot see what lies ahead. It isn’t just the destination that’s important, but also the journey we take together, which is a continual relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Thus, taking time off will seriously weaken our walk and especially our relationship with Him.
Thank You, Lord, for walking with us
As our guardian, friend, and guide;
Help us sense Your loving presence
Every day, close by our side. – Sper
You’re headed in the right direction if you’re walking with Christ Jesus.