WALKING...is good exercise, especially when done properly and with a purpose. Walks can be very refreshing. At nights, Joanne and I take short walks around the block. I see a lot of women, more than men, doing the ‘power walk’. Long strides and active arm motions! Then there are the ‘strollers’, and I’m not talking about the ones for babies. Not much energy in their stride, but they are outside anyway. People at my gym and my wife at home on the treadmill are typically serious walkers. Joanne is for sure.
Of course, all of us witness the daily walks by moms with their babies, while at times there is mom and dad, or just dad. Dog owners are out walking theirs several times a day. A friend of mine uses his dog walks to meet neighbors to pray with them and to witness about Jesus. A neighbor across the street from us seems to be out walking his two dogs every time I am outside. You cat owners don’t know what you are missing.
This past holiday weekend I noticed a lot of family groups walking around our neighborhood. We had mild, unseasonably warm December temperatures making it conducive to taking family walks. I was unusually intrigued by how many dads were walking with one or two kids and they appeared to be having fun, some holding hands engaged in great conversations. They weren’t on their smart phones, they were simply enjoying each other’s company. How very refreshing. Sorta takes you back 25 years before the iPhone era broke into our lives.
In some parts of our country and around the world, people have to walk due to the lack of transportation. But here in the south, it seems to be more of a choice to walk. That made me think of a man in the Bible. Enoch is a well-known name from the book of Genesis. He is listed in the lineage of mankind. There is a brief but powerful glimpse into this man of faith. His descendants might be more noteable than he. One was Noah. (I can’t resist!) Dads, I believe that Enoch’s faith had a great deal of influence on his next several generations.
So, Bill, what does any of this have to do with walking? Just this!
“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Gen. 5: 21-24).
Two quick observations: walking with God all your life will reap some profound benefits. Enoch is the only one in the line of patriarchs who:
- “Walked” with God and
- He is the only one listed that was “taken away” by God, implying he did not taste death.
So, what does it mean to walk with God? First though, do you realize the intimacy of walking with someone or alongside someone who is wrestling with an issue? Husbands and wives walk hand in hand through the trials of life and marriage; friends walk with friends through the grieving process after the loss of a loved one. Evangelistic people walk others through the gospel for them to gain salvation, while others walk with their disciples to grow them in Christ. Dads and moms walk with their children through many difficult times. Counselors and mentors walk with their friends or clients to gain victories in their lives. Even the Spirit walks us “through the valley of the shadow of death.”
I think the scriptures teach us that walking with God needs to be a daily process where you humble yourself to gain an intimate relationship with the Lord. How better to know someone than to walk through the many periods of their lives? When one walks with another, they usually talk—and listen. Isn’t that what God desires of you? Walking with the Lord allows you to know Him. But how? John says;“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands” (I Jn. 2: 3 NIV).
Wouldn’t you think that’s exactly what Enoch did all the days of his life? He probably would tell us today to“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things (all of life’s needs) shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Mt. 6: 33,34 NKJV).
Your greatest joy is to know God and to make him known. Philip stated what we all have thought at one time or another. ‘“If you had known Me, you would’ve known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to him,”Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” Jesus said to him, have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say ‘show us the Father’?”‘(Jn. 14: 7-9 NKJV).
And I would ask the question; are you ‘walking with God’?
Do you know him as Enoch did? You saw the results. Must really be worth it! Come on, let’s you and me take a walk together today. And invite God to join us along the way. Should be exciting and rewarding!
Bill C. Dotson