Do you walk with God? Is this something only a special select few people get to experience, or is it something every single true follower of Christ has? Enoch–one of only two individuals to ever be taken alive by God without dying (the other being the prophet Elijah)–is identified as having walked with God. Noah–the father of the only family to survive the destruction of all humankind in a world-wide flood–is also described as having walked with God. Many others throughout the ages walked with God. Yet Adam and Eve–after having sinned–hid themselves from God’s presence when they heard Him. Is there any significance to this?
“And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)
“This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)
I believe many of us spend our lives in guilt. Rightly, we recognize our sin-prone nature and grieve over it. But rather than coming to a recognition of the fact that Christ already paid the penalty of our sins once for all time through His death, we wrongly try to somehow atone for them ourselves–a feat not only impossible, but also unnecessary and wasteful in light of the limited time we have in this life.
The problem is that sin drags us down. If we are honest and recognize and acknowledge it within ourselves, it shames us and causes us regret. More importantly, it separates us from God. Psalm 66:18 says, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” A human being who refuses to abandon all intentional wrong-doing in his life will not experience intimacy with God, because God is holy and sin separates us from Him. This is why, rather than joyfully joining their Creator God when they saw Him as they had doubtless done countless times before, Adam and Eve hid from Him after they sinned.
Let’s face it, avoiding those we love and enjoy emotional intimacy with is unnatural. A child experiencing a loving relationship with his parents will not run away and hide–he will seek them out because he wants to be with them! It is only when he has done something wrong and is estranged and alienated from his parents that he will avoid them. Whether we recognize it or not, it is the same with us and our heavenly Father.
When we are right with God we are free to fellowship openly and lovingly with our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer God–the One who made us and provides everything for our good and care, who loved us enough to pay the penalty we are unable to pay ourselves, and who freely gives us of Himself–of His Spirit–to sustain and teach and guide us through our time here on earth. Sin, however, mars this. It is like static on our otherwise open channel of communication with Him which trips us up, beats us down, and keeps us from an open, honest, and loving relationship with our Heavenly Father.
So, do you walk with God? Do you fellowship with Him as a child does with a loving parent–not just sometimes or when you remember, but always and constantly throughout your waking hours? Is it your pleasure to keep the lines of communication with Him open and freely accessible all the time? Are you conscious of His presence and favor as you consistently try to obey Him throughout your day? Or, do you muddle along in shame, somehow afraid to lift your eyes to Him, afraid that you are guilty in His sight, avoiding Him and His presence because you feel condemned? Renounce any sin in your life, make it right as best you can, and walk with God, too!
Dear heavenly Father,
I renounce the sin in my life–accept me in Christ, and allow me to walk with You! Amen.