Bible Passage for Meditation: Genesis 5:21-24
Key Bible Verse: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Gen. 5:24
My wife and I often enjoy taking a walk after our meals. We are thankful for the beautiful nature that surrounds our home and for the fresh air we can breath in God’s great outdoors.
However, I have come to realize that when we walk together, I’m much more aware of my surroundings than I am when I walk alone. Part of this has to do with the fact that I want to protect my wife from oncoming cars, or from thorns and thistles that might be along the path. I also don’t want her to fall in one of those big potholes that we often find along the dirt road. So I’m more in tune with the environment and what is happening around us.
As I was thinking about how sensitive I try to be when walking with my new bride (we’ve been married only about 10 months now) I thought about my daily walk with God and my need for a continual connection and sensitivity to Him throughout my day.
Ellen White writes, “I wish I could impress upon every worker in God’s cause, the great need of continual, earnest prayer. They cannot be constantly upon their knees, but they can be uplifting their hearts to God. This is the way that Enoch walked with God” (Evangelism, p. 681).
The Bible says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen. 5:24).
What was it about Enoch that made God want to take him home? I don’t know all the answers, but I think Enoch must have been very sensitive to God’s voice in His daily walk of faith.
You see, as we journey along the Christian path we need to watch out for potholes and thorns in our walk with God as Enoch must have done. We don’t want anything to hurt our divine Friend. And yet, how often I find that I am not sensitive enough to worry about the little things that might hurt God; the negative thoughts, feelings, words, or small compromises that pull me away from Him.
Also, we must learn to listen closely. When I walk with my wife, I listen as she shares her thoughts and worries. But am I as sensitive when the Lord is speaking to me through His Word, thru circumstances, or the people around me? How sad it is to miss opportunities to share an encouraging word or smile to one of my fellow brothers because I wasn’t paying attention to the Lord’s voice.
We must give our lives daily into the hands of our Maker if we want to walk with God like Enoch did. And this is a decision that happens moment-by-moment as we face the potholes of temptation, or the thorns of distraction. Let us not be so distracted that we miss the voice of Lord!
Friend, are you walking with God today as Enoch did?
Heart Prayer Challenge
Dear Heavenly Father, Teach us what it means to walk as Enoch walked. Teach us how to be sensitive to Your still small voice. Teach us how to be sensitive to Your desires, and obedient to Your Word that the enemy will have no foothold in our lives. We want to go home. Want to see Your Spirit poured out on our church so the work can be finished. Please make us disciples, ready to receive Your outpouring. In Your precious Name, amen.
By Roman Ril
(Co-author with his wife, Raluca, of the 10 Days of Prayer materials for 2015-16. He and his wife serve the Lord in Germany as missionaries. To read more of Roman’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)