April 20, 2009

By Faith: Walking the Walk

Genesis 5:18-24; Hebrews 11:5-6

By faith Enoch was taken from this life … He was commended as one who pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5


Enoch’s father died at age 962, and Enoch’s son died at age 969. Compared to them, Enoch was young at 365! What’s more, the Bible says Enoch never died! He was here one day and gone the next. Just disappeared! People rightly concluded that God had taken him away.

Sometimes when very old people are asked for the secret to their long life, they will list things like hard work, a vegetarian diet, a daily drink, regular exercise. People even give contradictory answers.

It is one thing to know the secret of getting old.

It is another matter entirely to know the secret of escaping death!

What was Enoch’s secret? How did he do it? What did he do?

Genesis 5:24 says Enoch “walked with God.” Hebrews 11:5 says Enoch lived by faith. He had a walking-with-God kind of faith. In order to walk with someone for a long time—for a lifetime—you’d better be able to get along! Enoch and God got along. They shared the same values, the same priorities, the same goals, the same worldview. They were on the same wavelength and were headed in the same direction.

Are you on walking and talking terms with God? Are you headed in the same direction as God?

If so, then not even death can pull you two apart!

Father, help us to be on walking and talking terms with you. May we have the same values and goals. Let not even death separate us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Gordon Pols

Rev. Gordon Pols and his wife, Ann, have two married children and two grandchildren. After serving four congregations in Western and Central Canada, Rev. Pols retired from active ministry in 2007. He is currently doing parttime pastoral work with West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, Alberta. He also works parttime for Crossroad Bible Institute, promoting a Bible study correspondence course for prison inmates.

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