May 03, 2012

Walking With God

Genesis 5:21-24

Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
—Genesis 5:24


My family lives near a paved bike trail. When you walk down this path, you say hello to people as you pass each other moving in opposite directions.

If the person you meet is wearing headphones and listening to music, it is better to merely nod at them. If you are riding your bike, it is polite to announce that you are about to pass the people walking in front of you.

It is possible to have a lot of human interaction while walking on this path, without really getting to know anyone.

Often you will see two people walking together. They talk together, match each other’s pace, and enjoy each other’s company. They are more than mere acquaintances who happen to be on the same path.

We don’t know very much about Enoch. His entire life story is summarized in a few words. The outstanding characteristic of his life was that he “walked faithfully with God.” (See also Hebrews 11:5.)

When God calls us to walk with him, he is looking for something more than a mere friendly greeting as we meet him on the path. It is possible to recognize God as someone we admire as we meet him (often) on the path of life, but he wants more for each one of us. God wants us to match his steps, converse with him, and take time to get to know him more fully.

Lord Jesus, help me to recognize that you are with me on the path of life, and to find joy in the process of walking with you. Amen.

About the author — Bill Sytsma

Bill Sytsma is a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D.Min). He is the author of the book Follow the Leader and is serving as the pastor of New Life Christian Reformed Church in Highland, Indiana. He and his wife, Staci, have hosted support groups for families built through adoption. He and Staci are the proud parents of three active boys: Luke, Isaac, and Nico.

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