Wednesday, November 3, 2021

It’s a Walk, Not a Sprint

“Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:21-22 NKJV).

Walking is something that speaks of regularity, a continuous action on the part of the person who is doing it. The Bible tells us that Enoch walked with God. Walking with God means being constant in your relationship with Him.

Yet when it comes to their spiritual lives, some people go in spurts. They run in a mad dash for a short distance and then collapse in a heap. Then they get up, run a little more, and collapse again. But notice the Bible doesn’t say that Enoch sprinted with God. Rather, he walked with God.

It’s also worth noting when Enoch began to walk with God. Genesis 5 tells us that “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years” (verses 21-22 NKJV).

We can conclude from these verses that Methuselah’s birth may have caused something to happen in Enoch, and he realized that he needed to start walking with the Lord.

I’ve seen this happen in the lives of many people who never really took their spiritual lives too seriously until they got married and started having children. In fact, one reason that many people return to church is because they want to pass spiritual values on to their children.

Maybe this was the reason that Enoch began to walk with God. But there might be another reason: the name Methuselah means “when he is dead, it shall be sent.” God revealed to Enoch that He would judge the world when Methuselah died.

That would really get you on your toes spiritually, wouldn’t it? It had a dramatic impact on Enoch’s life.

In the same way, what God wants from us, among other things, is that we would be consistent in our relationship with Him. Will you make the choice to walk with God every day?

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