And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him; This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God, (Genesis 5:24; 6:9, NKJV).
Every year we often make new-year resolutions and they can range from keeping fit, quitting a bad habit such as smoking and drinking or spending more time with our families. No sooner have we resolved to make that change, in a very short space of time we begin to find those old, bad habits we vowed to break, creeping back in and before long we find ourselves ending the year the in the same position as we did at the very start of it – with little progress made. They say practice makes perfect and that repetition deepens the impression and how true in our walk with God.
The same battle for mastering our natural self is replicated in our spiritual nature. For many a step we take forward, we can often find ourselves taking two steps back, leaving us frustrated, despondent and lacking in faith.
The spiritual walk is not an easy walk; it’s one which requires discipline, endurance and most importantly faith in a power outside of us. The good news is that it is possible to walk with God through accessing the same power that the likes of Enoch and Noah did as illustrated in the Biblical book of Genesis. Studying the bible and prayer is important.
During those early days of Biblical history we learn of a generation from Enoch to Noah that walked with God and whom also lived exceptionally long lives – Methuselah, the son of Enoch, is recorded as the oldest man that ever lived in Biblical history at an incredibly mind-bogglingly nine hundred and sixty-nine years old, something unheard of today!
So what can we learn from these simple, yet exceptional men of God in how to walk with God?
‘Not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts, (Zechariah 4:6, NKJV).
Our consistent walk with God is wholly dependent on our accessing of the Holy Spirit.
So how can we have access to that power?
By acknowledging we are powerless to help ourselves and of our need of a savior – Jesus – who promises to send the Spirit to those who ask, believe and confess their sins (John 14:14-18, NKJV paraphrased).
So what else do we need in order to maintain a walk with God?
We are to live lives of integrity and be fair in our treatment of others. One of the commandments states that long lives are promised to those who honour their parents (Exodus 20:12) – could this be the reason why Methuselah, son of Enoch (who was translated to Heaven without seeing death) is recorded as the oldest man who ever lived on the face of the earth?
Obedience to God and our parents followed by fair and respectful relationships with others brings great rewards not only to us but also to our families and loved ones.
From Enoch to Noah was a blessed generation that walked with God. This year, why not take a leap of faith in your walk with God and see what great blessings come your way.
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