by Kristen C. Strocchia
“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‘He could not be found because God had taken him away.’ For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5
By faith–absolute certainty in what he hoped for, but couldn’t see…wait, Scripture says that Enoch walked with God. As Adam and Eve walked and talked with their Creator God [Genesis 3:8] before him, and as Noah is said to have walked with God after him [Genesis 6:9]. Enoch did see God and knew Him intimately.
But with each generation after Adam and Eve’s own son Cain committed the first murder, mankind became more and more sinful. Each turned to his own way, trusting in the serpent’s lie to Adam and Eve that they were now, “like God, knowing good and evil” [Genesis 3:5]. In effect, they became their own gods determining for themselves what was right and wrong.
But just like Cain, the measure of right and wrong was self-serving, regardless of the expense on fellow creation. If it’s good for me, then I don’t care how it affects anything or anyone else; I’m doing it.
Enoch, however, was commended for his absolute certainty that walking with God was the only right choice even though he did not see this modeled in the world around him. And God rewarded Enoch by taking him to heaven without subjecting him to physical death.
Death. The one thing that every human who has ever lived has hoped to avoid. In effect, Enoch was raptured, as we read later in 2 Kings that Elijah would be also, and as we who live in the last days hope to be as well [1 Thessalonians 4:17, 1 Corinthians 15:52, et al].
So what does it mean to walk with God? What does this look like in a life?
Walking with God, is as it sounds, walking with God. Staying side by side on the path as God leads, even when the way looks questionable, and talking with Him as you go.
However, just as Enoch walked with God and was raptured, while Noah walked with God and was led to build an ark for a flood, so our walks with God will result in different earthly outcomes. But regardless of the path God takes us on, everyone who chooses to walk daily with Him ultimately arrives at the same eternal destination.
Are you walking and talking with God throughout each day? Are you on His path?