If you want to hear the voice of Enoch, you have to listen while you walk. You can hear his voice while you sit, but the message is much different than if you go for a walk.
This article is part of a series, I Hear Voices. The goal is to hear what godly men of old still say to us today. Enoch was the father of Methuselah, the oldest man in history. He did not live nearly as long as his famous son. Yet he did not die prematurely. In fact, he did not die at all. One day God took him.
What would a man who did not die say to us? In short, Enoch says, Walk with God.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:5-6 ESV)
Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. (Genesis 5:22 ESV)
Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:24 ESV)
So Enoch walked with God. During this walk God took Enoch with him to his home in heaven. Most likely, we will not bypass death as did Enoch. Yet we can still walk with God and one day join God and Enoch in heaven. But what does Enoch mean by walking with God? In the verses above, notice some of the key elements.
1. Walking with God means to please God.
At this point, we might give up any hope of walking with God. How can I possibly please God? Read on.
2. Walking with God means to have faith.
It is impossible to please God without faith. We cannot please him by our own actions. They stink. We trust in the righteousness of Jesus and his death for our sins.
3. Walking with God means to draw near to God.
We do not ask God to join us on our path. We move ourselves to where He is.
4. Walking with God means we believe that God exists.
This is no imaginary friend. God is. Sadly, a growing number of people do not believe that God exists. That is sheer folly.
5. Walking with God means we seek God.
Jesus said that if we seek, we will find. Notice the contrast between Enoch seeking God and finding him to those who looked for Enoch and could not find him. He was no longer on an earthly road. He could not be found. We must seek or look hard for God. He will be found. How can we be sure? Read on.
6. Walking with God means we trust that God will reward our seeking of him.
You do not have to be a master at the game of hide and seek. God is like the benevolent older sibling who allows his younger brother or sister to find him. The elder child hides just enough that the younger must seek. But he is always found.
If anybody decides not to go on this walk, Enoch has another message.
It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” (Jude 1:14-15 ESV)
I think I would rather walk. How about you?