After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years………walking in close fellowship with God.Genesis 5:22,24 (NLT)
I love how this verse uses the analogy of walking to describe Enoch’s relationship with God. Enoch used 300 years of his life to walk with God and God was so impressed, He decided to take him to heaven without seeing death. A walk being an action verb shows his relationship was not stagnant but fluid.
In life, I have run to catch a bus or meet up with a class. I have strolled lazily to take in sceneries or enjoy a nice chit chat with a friend. There have been times when I have tripped but kept moving and other times when I fell flat on my face.
A walk unveils itself on the go as one may not know the type of terrain that awaits them until they get in motion. Walking with God is just the same. There will be times when it is like a sprint, sometimes a jog, a lazy walk and even a crawl.
A sprint usually covers a short distance. An athlete knows better than to sprint through a 45km race as he would barely make it halfway. Rather, he will jog his way through and pick up speed at the end. A jog has rhythm and is more consistent. It is fast walking, where you put one foot before the other and steadily make your way towards the finish line.
You have come a long way and you still have more ground to cover. The journey of walking with God will involve you putting one foot before the other. Grace covers you when you are sprinting and even when you have spent your last energy and are bare crawling.
I am reminded of the account of Jesus’ resurrection in John 20. Mary Magdalene was the first one to notice that the stone was rolled away and in probable apprehension, she ran to inform the disciples. When they heard, Peter and another disciple were the first ones to run back to the tomb but the other disciple outran him.
The first disciple to get there did not even care to go in. He just peeped from outside, saw the linen wrappings and left. Peter – who was closely running behind, entered into the tomb but also eventually went home.
Then there was Mary Magdalene, one who did not have the physical strength to match up with Peter and the others. But she stood outside crying for a while as she mourned her Saviour, went in and turned out to be the first to meet the risen Christ.
The prize is not for those who seem to run outwardly but for those who have a genuine heart towards the Saviour. It is meant for whosoever crosses the finish line either first or last. In fact, we are admonished that sadly the first may be the last while the last first, so, therefore, watch.
Are you running? Do not run aimlessly, do not run for the praise of men, do not get to the tomb and turn back before seeing your Saviour. Train your body like an athlete who is focused on the prize and do not stop until you obtain it.
What about times where you trip? These are times where you almost fell into that temptation – pornography or whatnot, but the mercies of God came through and you continued walking. But there are also times where like me you fell flat on your face. When this happens in your walk with God, you need to get up. Even the world would remember a person who stayed down more than one who fell but picked himself up and moved.
If you are reading this and you feel like you have fallen so hard that you cannot get up, I have good news for you. If God tells us to forgive our neighbours up to 70 x 7 (and bible scholars tell us this is just in a day), how many more times do you think He is ready to forgive you? Do not listen to the condemnation of the devil. Get back up and run that you may obtain.
Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of themProverbs 24:16 (CEV)
The first time I read the above verse it was like a light bulb went off in my head. When you fall, get back up. Any voice that condemns you away from the love and acceptance of God is not from God. Take your power back, dust yourself up and keep on moving. We are sons and daughters to the King after all aren’t we?
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