What Does It Mean To Walk With God?

What Does It Mean To Walk With God? November 24, 2017

Enoch walked with God and was no more, so what does it mean to walk with God?

Walking in Agreement

Amos the Prophet asked a very good question when he wrote, “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet” (Amos 3:3)? The obvious answer is no, they cannot walk together if they’re not in agreement with one another. It might be a disagreement over religion, a relationship, or a philosophy of life, but unless they can walk together, meaning unless they can agree on things, they cannot walk together. Shortly after the fall in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve “heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Gen 3:8), but instead of joining God, they hid from God because they had sinned. Originally, God walked with them in fellowship and in relationship, but once they choose to disobey God, they could no longer walk in agreement with God because of their sin. Not long after this, mankind had been fruitful and multiplied over the face of the earth, but mankind in general had turned away from God and “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5), and “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen 6:11-12), but there was one exception as “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God” (Gen 6:9), however God told Noah “I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die” (Gen 6:17). Noah and his family walked with God and so they survived the flood, but the rest of mankind was not in agreement, except for the fact “that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5).

Enoch Walked with God

Enoch walked with God. This means, Enoch didn’t walk ahead of Him and he didn’t walk behind Him…but He walked with God. What does it mean to walk with God? I believe it means that we don’t get ahead of what God has in store for us or His will for our lives and we don’t take steps according to our own will but get in step with God’s will. It also means we obey the Lord. We can’t hear what God may be telling us if we’re way out ahead of His will or we’re out of fellowship with Him. We can’t walk with God if we’re not doing what He commands and fall behind His prescribed will for our lives. When this happens, we’re going to stumble. We know that God opens doors that no one can open and closes doors that are not good for us to walk through, so if we are walking with God, we’ll go through the door with Him, and at the same time. We’ll walk where He walks and go where He goes, but it also means, we don’t’ go where we know God doesn’t want us to go, so we can’t walk ahead of Him because He might not have the door open when we get there, or if we lag behind, the door may already be shut by the time we get there.

Enoch

Follow Me

Jesus frequently told those He called to Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt 4:19). Many said they were His disciples, but when Jesus’ teachings were difficult to accept, “many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66). Following Jesus is more than just walking in agreement with Him. For example, He says, “whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matt 10:38), so “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt 16:24). Following Jesus is a lifetime commitment and He requires 100% of us. In one case someone said they’d follow Jesus, but, “said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father” (Luke 9:59), and “Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home” (Luke 9:61). They said they believed in Jesus, but so do the demons, but they’re by no means saved (James 2:19). You must follow Jesus and when you do, you can know that you’re walking with God.

Walking in Obedience

If we walk behind God, we are still not following His will for our lives. We may be lagging behind and not going where He is going and where He intends for us to go. We may miss where He wants us to go, and if He has opened a door for us, it might not be open when we finally get to it, but most of all, walking with God means to be walking along side of God by doing the things He commands (e.g. Matt 25:34-40; Matt 28:18-20). When we walk with God we can more easily talk with God, and walking beside God helps to ensure we will be walking in the right direction, and at the right pace…not too fast or not too slow. It’s better to be in step with God than out of step. Besides, you can’t talk with someone behind you or talk with someone ahead of you, but if you’re walking with someone, you can communicate with that someone. I can’t imagine taking a walk with my wife and being behind her or ahead of her. When we walk together, it shows that we are in agreement with each other. Perhaps that explains why “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Gen 5:24).

Conclusion

Walking with God means that we “do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:4), and that frequently we must walk by “faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7b), so that’s why we’re warned, “be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise” (Eph 5:15). Paul urges us all to “join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us” (Phil 3:17), as it was “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God” (Heb 11:5). May the same thing be true for you too.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • So is this the guy who is supposed to have levitated into the sky? “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him.” Which law of physics refers to this possibility? How is it possible for anyone to be “raptured”?

    • Doug Barron

      He wasn’t “levitated”, he “walked no more” on this earth.

      • Well, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary translates ” took him” to mean “took him up”. It also says that he did not die. How did God take him up? Many Conservative Evangelicals interpret this to mean that Enoch is a type of the rapture of the saints. Now, if this is true, then he appears to have been levitated by God. Please explain the physics of levitation. Isn’t it more probable that this story is a myth?

        • Doug Barron

          Interpret the passage as you wish. Shalom.

        • Jack Wellman

          Sorry, but “took him” and levitaton are not nearly the same thing at all.

          • Maybe, I should have used the word levitated in inverted commas. Do you agree that the text means “took him up” for “took him”? If interpreted literally, does this mean that Enoch did not die? Are that subset of Evangelicals who think that “God took him is a reference to his “translation” or “rapture” correct or incorrect, in your view?

        • Dalia

          You are correct! God took Enoch up. Enoch did not die. Explain the law of physics? God created that too. God is an awesome God, a God who created everything out of nothing. His power is unsearchable. Who can understand all He is? He can and does as He wishes, the way He wishes. And we believe Him, trust, and have faith.

  • Doug Barron

    Man! I so want th walk with my Abba! I would not even argue with Him about it. Good by world, goodbye. Eternity’s comin’!
    (Notice any old songs in there?)☝️

    • Jack Wellman

      Amen brother. Sounds familiar by the way…

      • Rational Human

        Grown adults, still longing for Daddy to hold their hand and tell them everything will be ok. Grow up already!

        • So sad for you. Humans are NOT rational at all. Oh they think they are. Such a delusion. You don’t know truth. Truth only comes from walking in The Way, Truth and Love which only comes walking with the Logic of Logos the Theos I AM.
          Have to ask why are you posting here inside of some “humanist” “atheist” area?
          This is a place to share the JOY and HOPE of following our Lord and Savior.

          • Rational Human

            “Truth only comes from walking in The Way, Truth and Love which only comes walking with the Logic of Logos the Theos I AM”

            What does this even mean? This is what your religion has done to you. You throw together deep sounding words into a salad and think it sounds very profound, but you sound like a blithering idiot. You make no sense, just like your religion.

          • Oh my so wise in your own eyes eh? Another little god.

          • Rational Human

            Not wise enough to understand your layer cake of incoherence, apparently. Please translate into english.

          • I did use very plain English. And do not expect any other communication from me.

          • pud

            Run away! It’s what all you lunatics do when pressed

          • Dalia

            Once again showing you are a liar by saying u spent 25 years in Christianity. For if you did, you would know the meaning of the common biblical phrase “wise in your own eyes.” I’ve met your kind in person. I’ve witnessed to your kind face to face. I am amazed at the cowardness you all display in person, and the bravado you display on these comments.

          • Rational Human

            “cowardness” = not a word, genius. I have no reason to lie to strangers on the internet about my past. Call me a liar all you want, if it makes you feel better. Look up No True Scotsman logical fallacy while you’re at it. Keep telling yourself that no true Christian would ever leave the faith, maybe you will fool yourself into believing it. Fact is, many, many Christians are opening their eyes and leaving the faith every day.

          • Dalia

            They were never Christians, fool

          • pud

            It means nothing…Babble words.

          • Jack Wellman

            I too am sad for R.H. too. Ration should tell him or her the obvious (Psalm 19:1-2; Romans 1:18-20).

          • Rational Human

            Who is “Ration”? I am saddened about the 25 years i spent in the same deluded mindset that you and your fans are still consumed by. Wasted half my life believing this nonsense, before I woke the f up to reality.

          • Jack Wellman

            Thank you my friend. I am sorry for your experience but experience and beliefs cannot change was is true. I pray for your best my friend.

          • Rational Human

            Wow, now we’re getting somewhere Jack! I agree with you 100% – experience and beliefs cannot change the truth or falsehood of a claim. So please, without appealing to your personal experiences or beliefs/faith, please give me your evidence as to the “truth” of Christianity…?

          • Rational Human

            …aaaaaand…nothing. Of course. I have the power to shut the mouths of Christians and put them to flight, merely by asking them for evidence. Not revelation, not faith, not personal experience. Objective evidence is what is lacking.

          • Jack Wellman

            I cannot prove to you what you already disbelieve. It is not up to me because if I can talk you into something, someone else can talk you out of. If you can show me He doesn’t exist and prove that, then maybe we can talk.

          • Rational Human

            What a copout Jack. And a dishonest attempt to shift your burden of proof. I need to prove your God doesn’t exist before we can talk? You know that is a ridiculous demand, as an existential negative cannot be proven. Do you believe every claim until it is disproven? Of course not, only your pet claims that refer to your chosen god. Prove to me Thor doesn’t create lightning. Prove to me Muhammad didn’t fly to heaven on a winged horse, and Joseph Smith did not get a visit from Moroni and gold plates, and…,and….. You see, there is no end to baseless claims that cannot be disproven, which is why you theists bear the burden of proof to provide evidence to your specific God claims, not the other way around. Your claims have been weighed in the balance and found lacking.

          • Jack Wellman

            By your concluson, you have already made up your mind. What is the point? I knew you could not answer, so it’s fine. Why try to convince someone to believe in what they’ve already chosen not to believe in?

          • Rational Human

            Jack, now you are back to not making sense. Sure, my mind is made up, but I would change my mind to accord with the evidence, isn’t that what a rational person does? I am not loyal to any dogma, but will follow the e evidence where it leads, what about you?

            You knew I could not answer…so why did you ask the nonsensical question? Do you understand that a negative cannot be proven and I do not bear the burden of proof anyway, or do you think “prove he doesn’t exist” is some kind of rhetorical checkmate?

            Belief is not a choice, it’s a conclusion reached after considering available evidence. But all you have is emotional appeals, wishful thinking, hope for heaven and fear of hell,…And none of those will change my mind.

          • Dalia

            I am positive you did not spend 25 years in Christianity! You probably read the Bible several times, too, huh?! U r a liar, a bad one at that. If you did know Christ you would know what He meant when He said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. I am sorry you find your own kind of articles soooo boring and empty that you have to come to a website of lovers of Jesus Christ. But yet here you are for your amusement and entertainment. Your words condemn you. You are deluded by yourself, because you crave you and your folly wisdom.

          • Rational Human

            Well, I did read the part about bearing false witness, and I think hurling such a serious and baseless accusation would directly violate that commandment, wouldn’t you?

          • Dalia

            You just read it, with no understanding. You are condemned already

          • Rational Human

            And there we are, what took you so long? When feeble attempts at rational discourse and logic fail, it all comes down to threats. Always the threats. And name calling. Yawn. Run along now…

          • Dalia

            I work, dummy, that’s what took sooooooo long. What’s the matter? Wifey doesn’t interest you anymore so you have to come on this site? Or no job? Retired? And this is how you spend your day, in your jammys!

          • Rational Human

            Dalia, ….are you flirting with me now, imagining me unsatisfied with my wife and in my jammies!? How naughty!

          • Dalia

            Your poor discontented wife. She probably already cheated on you, or is currently, because you’re a loser. Get a job. Get some substance, old man

          • Rational Human

            Your whole life is based on hopes and fears of the unknown, promises and threats never delivered…And you demand “substance” from me? Pffft.

          • Dalia

            I don’t demand anything from you. You have nothing to give. If you didn’t love yourself so much you’d be empty.

          • Rational Human

            Maybe you should try loving yourself more often, to release your tension.

          • Dalia

            Coward, you feel you can release your tension by coming on a website where Christians gather to mock us and feel like a big dude because we don’t fight back. Coward! Try it on your own secular website where you will get punched in your livery face, you old pervert slob

          • Rational Human

            Wow, such vitriol. I obviously hit a nerve, sorry snowflake. What makes you think I would get punched on a secular site? Your rage is making you confused i think.

            Why DON’T you fight back? Not with childish insults, but with a real evidence based defense of your faith, as per 1 Peter 3:15? I hope my mockery causes you to give real thought to your beliefs. If they are being ridiculed, its because they are ridiculous. I will leave you alone to wrestle with your cognitive dissonance, perhaps we will pick up this discussion on another thread.

          • Dalia

            Our beliefs are so ridiculous that you must visit this site over and over and leave your mockery comments. I’m sorry no one in your little world keeps you company so you must step so low on our level to keep you company. When you are burning in hell you will remember all your contempt. The reality of God’s existence is all around you, stupid!! You just don’t want to see it because your mind is gross, filthy, diseased in sin. Go spend time with your wife, unless she doesn’t want you either

          • Rational Human

            Keep it coming, this is apparently cathartic and theraputic for you, and entertaining as hell for me. You have no evidence of your God or of his hell, so your threats don’t scare me, and you know nothing at all about me, so your insults don’t hurt either. Carry on…

          • Dalia

            It is obviously entertaining to you because you visit this site. You have no other entertainment on your horizon. You’re lonely and pathetic. You don’t believe in God, yet you have a burning desire to spend the bulk of your day debating, mocking, arguing against a non-existent. What does this say about you? You had mentioned you had the “power” to silence us Christians! Lol!!!!!!! You need power to feel relevant. Lol! What a little little man you are! You have noooooo power to do anything. You’re doomed and tooooo arrogant to realize it. You who feel powerful! Lol! Ha ha ha! Only a weak man has to feel he needs power, so he thinks he’s soooo “rational”. “Rational human”! Ha ha ha.

          • Dalia

            And as far as 1 Peter, don’t quote scripture because you know nothing about it. You threw scripture down and stomped on it, just like you’ve done with Jesus. And God will with you! You visit these sites because you’re demonic. Any Christian can plainly see that. You’re a lost dying man. You are worthless. Harsh words? Yes, but even God says he hates you and people like you. Who said God hates the sin, but not the sinner? The Bible doesn’t say that. The Bible says God hates those who work iniquity. That, stupid coward, would be YOU!

          • Hi Dalia,

            If God hates sinners, why does Jesus tell his disciples to love their enemies? Doesn’t this mean that God loves his enemies? Are not his enemies “sinners”? Or does God command his disciples to do something which he does not do? Then if Jesus is the representation of God in our humanity (the express image of the invisible God) why was Jesus a “friend of sinners and outcasts? So does this not mean that God is a friend of sinners and outcasts?

            Some parts of the OT say that God hates sinners and those who work iniquity, but some parts of the NT say that God loves sinners (while hating their sin). This seems to be a contradiction. So is the “revelation” of God “progressive”, culminating in the “revelation of God” in Jesus Christ?

            There seem to be different points of view in the bible on many topics .e.g. The genocide alleged be to commanded by God in the OT, the Jesus’ command to love our enemies. The mass slaughter of defenceless children and little babies seems to contrast with Jesus’ attitude to little children.

            Have you tried reading the NT through a non violent lens? A growing number of NT scholars take a non violent view of Jesus and view the cross as a non violent atonement by God but a violent work of human beings. The work of Jesus on the cross is viewed, by them, as restorative justice, not retributive justice which is the view of most Evangelicals,

            Whether you agree with me or not, I hope you will consider this perspective. I certainly don’t understand how your name calling (e.g “stupid coward”) actually helps to create a framework for the presentation of “good news” (euangelion)?

          • Ricky Picasso Phasakda

            i fucking love you. lol.

          • Ricky Picasso Phasakda

            you’re right bro. it aint about fighting back too for me. it was like that. lol. im sorry for it too. my pride. ehh, life. i love all the true ones. but chill out. don’t get mad. it helps sometimes to have someone that will do it for you. i’ll do it for you. where he at. lol.

          • ” Humans are not rational at all.”

            If , as Evangelical and other Christians believe that God “created” all human beings in his own image or likeness, then does this not imply that humans are capable of rational thought? Has the so-called “fall” obliterated rationality altogether? If so, wouldn’t human beings who don’t follow “the way, the truth and the life” be sub-human? Yet, didn’t Jesus of Nazareth treat human beings as if they were truly human?

        • pud

          They can’t and won’t. Their brains have been hardwired by years of obscene indoctrination and cult repetition

        • Jack Wellman

          Speaking of rational, as per your handle, see Romans 1:18-20. And we are growing up…into the image of Christ, we hope.

        • Dalia

          Psst, I think Pud want to hook up with you…

    • pud

      Lunatic

  • One of my favorite accounts of the defense of walking with God is the one of Saint Stephen.
    A brilliant summation of the Old and New Testament walkers in The Way, Truth, and Life of the Narrow path of imputed righteousness.
    See Acts 6:8-15 and Acts 7:1-53 (NASV, use gear pulldown for footnotes and cross-references)
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+6%3A8-15&version=NASB
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+7%3A1-53&version=NASB
    Because of Saint Stephen’s bold declaration he was put to death by stoning.
    55 But being (BZ)full of the Holy Spirit, he (CA)gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing (CB)at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the (CC)heavens opened up and (CD)the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    His oppressors included the unsaved Saul of Tarsus who later was confronted on the road to Damascus by the Living God.
    Saul’s conversion marked the beginning of the Paul’s walk of sacrifice that spread throughout a large area to convert both Jew and Gentile the path to Eternal Life.
    Acts 9:1-31
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+9%3A1-31&version=NASB
    Jesus as the risen Alpha and Omega on the Mercy Seat was with them both just as He is walking with followers of His today.
    See Romans 8 and John 17
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8&version=NASB
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+17&version=NASB

  • pud

    It means nothing. It’s all self delusional cult inspired infantile gullible superstitious gibberish for the credulous and stupid

  • Say people… read these Scriptures and make a display desktop slideshow if you haven’t already.
    I see lovely scenes and verses to encourage me everyday. Helps with Scripture memorization also.
    See the works of the Holy Spirit every single day. The miracles small and great.
    Every single morning I see His flow. 2 or more different sources in close time proximity same theme/topic/crossreferences.
    I promise the cares of yesterday will melt away and reading the Bible refreshing and encouraging.
    We are citizens of a far better land… Glory!

    10 Beautiful Descriptions of Heaven from the Bible
    https://www.biblestudytools.com/slideshows/10-beautiful-descriptions-of-heaven-from-the-bible.html

    10 Things the Bible Says about Believers Going to Heaven
    https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/10-things-the-bible-says-about-believers-going-to-heaven.html