“When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died… When Jared had lived 162 years, he fathered Enoch. Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died. When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:3-11,18-24
After the fall in Eden, the wages of sin (death) visited every man, as this genealogy from Adam to Noah testifies. Each man is born, lives a number of years, produces children, then dies. Except for Enoch. His account is distinct: instead of just “living,” he “walked with God… and then was not.” We know that people began to call on the name of the LORD during the life of Adam’s grandson Enosh, but Enoch, several generations later, is the first individual described as walking with God, his death an immediate translation into God’s eternal presence. (Genesis 4:26; Romans 6:23)
I read the obituary this morning of a long-time family friend. It included his hometown, education, career, family, and hobbies, but there was no mention of his having walked with God. Would our lives be so described? Is our ‘living’ caught up in our family, work, activities, earthly relationships, ministry, recreation, but absent an effort of moving along with our divine companion? Do we live as though our spiritual life is separate from our practical one, a Sunday practice or an occasional devotional check-off-the-list rather than a consistent step by step striding that energizes the very core of who we are?
When I walk with God, He walks and talks with me, imparting wisdom, pointing out truths and beauty, listening to and refining my thinking. His grace illumines how I see other people, current events, the world. His presence affects my demeanor, my choices, my language, my sense of humor, my loves. My walking with Him is intricately bound up in every aspect of how I live. (Proverbs 13:20; John 15:4-5; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 4:1-3)
Lord, You give every breath, and I want to live walking with You. Align my stride with Yours, my daily priorities with Your plans, my character with Your holy attributes, my goals with Your glory. May I live in such a way that no matter my credentials, others recognize I have been with You. (Acts 4:13)