There is a man mentioned in the Bible that very little is said about in the scriptures. We get a glimpse here and there about him, but never a full picture of the man. I have found him most intriguing. It is Enoch.
Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (KJV). So what we know about Enoch is what the Lord wanted us most to know about him. What do we know about him?
And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him]. (Genesis 5:24, Amplified)
Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God.
Enoch’s life, his life of walking in faith with God, pleased God. So much so, that God took him to heaven without Enoch having to see death.
There are many days when I just look at and contemplate those words in my Bible, “Enoch walked with God…” This was also said of Noah in Genesis 6:9. I too want to walk with God. And I talk to Him about that.
One of my favorite books is Practicing His Presence. It contains the writings of two men Brother Lawrence (original writings The Practice of the Presence of God) and Frank Laubach. They speak of living a life where God remained in their consciousness 24 hours a day. Brother Lawrence spoke of fixing his mind on God and recalling Him every time he found his mind wandering.
God was not a side note in these men’s lives, or in Enoch’s life. God was their life and all else was a side issue to God.
Does this mean we have to become monks, hide ourselves away and quit living life? No, it means put Him at the center of all that you do. When you find that your mind has wandered from Him, just bring it back.
I like this quote from Brother Lawrence’s writings.
I have found that we can establish ourselves in a sense of the presence of God by continually talking with Him.
I think about the walks I take with my husband. I don’t think we’ve ever taken a walk where we didn’t spend much of the time talking. Sharing with one another what happened in our day, sharing our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams. Talking about the things we see along the way. In the Bible we see men who walked with God, men who talked with God.
As you go about your day. Talk to Him. He already knows what is going on in your life, but He wants to hear your voice. He wants to spend time with you. He wants to walk with you.
Intimacy…that’s what He desires!