If Enoch had a tombstone, it would probably state just those five words and yet, it would tell us more than enough…
Enoch walked with God; this divine intimacy was his life’s testimony.
Genesis 5:24 introduces and ends the story of Enoch in one simple verse: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” That’s all the Old Testament needed to say about Enoch.
Later, in Hebrews 11:5, we see Enoch’s portrait hung in the hall of faith, along with other great fathers of faith: “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.”
Through the New Testament, we suddenly see a bigger picture of Enoch’s walk and his relationship with God…
Enoch walked with God; this divine intimacy resulted in a faith that pleased his Father.
When we walk closely with God, it pleases Him because it always leads to deeper faith. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that“without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Enoch believed that God is; he knew his Father well because he walked with Him – not ahead, not a step behind but with Him in every step.
When we experience walking in this kind of communion with our Abba, we will always move forward. The very nature of ‘walking’ results in a steady progress BUT when it is a walk with God, it places us at the centre of His will.
Now here is a very simple truth. There is no hidden mystery to walking with God. To walk with God is simply to seek Him with all our heart, to always set Him before our eyes, and to act knowing we are under His eyes.
That was what Enoch did, that was his life’s testimony. It was an on-going lifestyle of absolute devotion and blessed companionship. THIS spiritual communion and fellowship are what led him to a kind of faith that pleased God.
Faith is a gift; the closer we walk with God, the deeper we understand Him, and the stronger our faith becomes. Our journey to understanding the true nature of God’s heart and love for us demands intimacy.
Think about this…
Have you ever tried to understand someone without investing quality time alone with him or her? It’s simply not possible. How then can we understand and know God – without spending time alone with Him?
Intimacy is always birthed behind closed doors; it is in the quiet when we can “be still know that He is God” [Psalm 46:10].
It all begins in the secret place and in solitude. It is always in the quietness of our soul and surrounding that we can experience the fullness of God in absolute intimacy – through His presence and His Word.
This intimacy is the true pursuit of our Father, which we too should imitate. He yearns for us to walk as close companions with Him – no different than Enoch did. From His very first creation, God’s heart has always been to walk in close intimacy with His children. It was why He created man – for Himself.
And from that first moment in the Garden of Eden, when He called out to Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9), God has not stopped searching for His beloved; He longs to run with open arms towards every prodigal child who decides to come home…
But, God’s children hid then, and many of us are hiding still; always distancing ourselves because of sin, shame, guilt, and countless other lies that the enemy has convinced us to believe!
But the truth is, NOTHING can “separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:39).
God does not want distance. God wants communion, fellowship, vulnerability, and transparency from us, and He is waiting.
James 4:8 says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you” so WE must take that first step forward because God honours the free will He has given us.
Your one intentional step towards Him, no matter how small, will draw in a very big God closer to you.
God wants to restore the intimacy that was lost in the garden – so much that He sacrificed His son to a horrific death on the cross, just so that we can be reconciled to Him because two cannot walk together except they be agreed [Amos 3:3].
Don’t you long to know how it feels to walk shoulder to shoulder with God, as Adam once did?
Ponder for a moment.
What can you do today to make a commitment to remove everything that stands between you and God? What will you do to shut out the world so that you can sit in the quiet and walk closer to your Abba?
**also published in Christianity Malaysia