Saturday, May 23, 2020

Walk With God

“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9

“And Enoch walked  with God: and he was not; for God took  him.” Genesis 5:24

There are several people in the Bible of whom it is said that they waked with God. When I read Genesis 3:8 where it says that God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, it causes me to realize that God was accustomed to walking with Adam and Eve in the garden. How amazing that the Creator of the universe would choose to walk with His creation.

This is clearly what God desired when He created man. He wanted fellowship with His creation. This is still God’s desire today. He wants to walk with us, or more importantly, He wants us to walk with Him. The problem is that the fellowship that God had in the garden was broken by Adam’s sin, and that made it impossible for man to walk with his Creator any more.

Simply put, God is Holy, and sin cannot enter His presence. That leaves sinful man separated from God’s presence. And because a sinful man could not improve this situation, God had to bring the change. Jesus dying on the cross was not just to create some “religion,” it was to change the equation so that the penalty of our sin was taken by Jesus and we could once again come into God’s presence. Hebrews 10:19-22.

So, how were Enoch and Noah able to walk with God? They did it the same way we can; by faith in God’s atonement. Their faith looked forward to God’s atoning work, our faith looks back to the cross. The important example that has been set for us is that they desired to walk with God, and He honored that.

Today, God still wants to walk with you. Yes, with YOU. This is not some religion we are talking about. Religion has requirements, and traditions, and rituals. God just wants to walk with you and talk with you. No requirements except to be saved by the blood of Jesus. No rituals, just a walk with the Almighty, Supreme God of the universe: your Creator.

I don’t know if you have ever thought about what it might really mean to walk with God. When you have a revelation about who God is, and realize the awesome privilege that it is to come into His presence (fear of the Lord in scripture), you can come to enjoy your walk with Him. There are many today that seem to think that we get to demand things from God (decree something that God has to bring about). This demonstrates a lack of understanding of God.

I encourage you to consider whether you really have a desire to walk with God. If you do, just know that He wants to walk with you. In Luke 24 we find Jesus approaching two disciples and walking with them. Read that. It is such a great example of His tenderness in walking with us. They did not approach Jesus to walk with Him, He approached them. Today, He is approaching you to walk with you.

One of these days, we will be walking with our Lord, and we will not be for He will take us.

Gordon Crook