Do you walk with God on Sundays only?
“And Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took him,” (Gen. 5:24).
In this meditation, we are confronted with a Bible character in the person of Enoch. The Bible says: “He walked with God and he was not for God took him.” Enoch was an ordinary man with all the same problems and burdens we carry. He was not a hermit, according to David Walker, hidden away in the wilderness cave. He was involved in life with a wife, children, obligations and undertook all his responsibilities. He cared for his family, he worked, ministered and occupied, but he was not earthbound. None of the demands of this life could keep him from walking with God.
However, in our time, we see people who are burdened and weighed down. Within the week they are something else. They lust, steal, fight, quarrel and engage in all forms of ungodly acts. They tend to forget what is written in 1 John 2:15, which says “do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” So, the child of God is to be in the world, but not of the world. However, like Enoch, he should not be earthbound but heavenly minded.
We are very much worried of how some people indulge in unworldly acts, yet, on Sundays they appear to be sober, holy and can go to any length to show that they are walking with God. Sincerely, this type of attitude is not only dangerous, but highly hypocritically. So, we ask: should it really be so? Particularly, when we remember the admonition of St. Paul, which says, “for you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night,” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). So, those who intend to walk with the Lord should always be on guard.
Therefore, we need to re-evaluate our walk with the Lord and ensure that it is not tied to Him only on Sundays. Remember, God is interested in all days in our walk with Him and not of a particular day. Men like Abraham, Moses, Shedrack, Meshach, Abednego, Daniel, Apostle Paul and others knew the importance of walking closely with God throughout their lifetime and we saw what God was able to achieve through them and with them. It, therefore, behooves us to take to heart the following important lessons.
First, when we walk with God, it suggests that we are no longer enemies of God, for our sins have been taken away. According to Isaiah 59:22, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ears heavy that He cannot hear, but your iniquities have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear.”
Second, as we walk with the Lord, we are reconciled to Him through the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. The good news about the Cross is that, on it Jesus paid the supreme price and His sinless blood pacified God our Father. Today, we can talk with a sense of pride or boldness for what Jesus did for us on the Cross, even though it caused Him His life for that was the desire of His Father.
Thirdly, in our close walk, we are to have abiding fellowship and communion with Him. This is a kind of intimacy, which we share with God. So, the scripture could afford to say: “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer and while they are still speaking, I will hear,” (Isaiah 65:24). Such is the privilege for those who walk with God. Imagine what Enoch gained as he did not die, but God translated him to where He is. This glorious opportunity is still open, but we need to enhance it through searching the scripture daily, by spending time on personal prayer, quality time for meditation on the Word, decide to be obedient to the Word, allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God and involve in godly association.
God desires to have a walk with us not only on Sundays, but at all times. In the days of Enoch, he had an intimate fellowship with Him. Today is your own time and turn to have intimate fellowship with Him always. I pray that the Holy Spirit will lead us aright! Amen.
Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.