Walking with God
‘And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.’ Genesis 5:24
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Genesis 5:18–24
To walk with God imports:
(i) acceptance by faith (Hebrews 11:6). This is through Christ the Saviour, to whom believers of old looked as he who was to come. The dispensation under which they lived was different, but their faith and its object the same.
(ii) obedience—a devotedness to God in the way of his commandments, for how can two walk together except they are agreed? [Amos 3:3]. Therefore none can walk with God who have not experienced a change of heart and views.
(iii) communion—in which the sweetness and comfort of religion consists. The desires, affections and secret prayers of the soul rising towards God, and God manifesting his light, love and peace to the soul. This is chiefly maintained on our parts by a humble attendance on the means of grace. They who thus walk with God experience his direction, protection and support. Examine what you know of this subject.
FOR MEDITATION: [written for 23 July 1775]
With him sweet converse I maintain,
Great as he is I dare be free;
I tell him all my grief and pain,
And he reveals his love to me.
Some cordial from his Word he brings,
Whene’er my feeble spirit faints;
At once my soul revives and sings,
And yields no more to sad complaints.
SERMON SERIES: GENESIS, NO. 13 [1/3], GENESIS 5:24