So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. - (Genesis 5:23–24)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like running. So I try to get out and walk every day. Even so, people will tell me that I need to run. And if I run, they say, I will lose more weight. But running doesn’t work well for me. I will run for a couple of minutes. Then I am tired, and everything hurts. So I walk.
That is how some people are in their Christian lives. They decide they are going to run for God. So they sprint. They go all out, full tilt. And then they collapse. And then they get up again and sprint. Then they collapse. And so it goes: sprint . . . collapse . . . sprint . . . collapse. I think God would say, “How about just walking? Just focus on regularity. Walk every day. Just consistently walk with Me.”
The Bible tells us that Enoch walked with God (see Genesis 5:24). What does it mean to walk with God? Walking speaks of regular motion. It speaks of consistency. It speaks of effort. The Bible doesn’t say that Enoch sprinted with God. Although the metaphor of running a race is used frequently in Scripture, in this instance, we read that Enoch walked with God. And the Bible says, many times, that we are to do the same.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). He also encouraged the believers at Colosse: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6–7).
Enoch walked with God. And we should do the same.
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