Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:21-24)
This passage twice references that Enoch “walked with God,” which means that Enoch’s life was pleasing to God. This is affirmed in Hebrews 11:5, which says that Enoch was “commended as one who pleased God.” Was Enoch perfect? Did he live a sinless life? Absolutely not! Jesus is the only person in history that has lived a perfect, sinless life. Is it possible for us to walk in a way that pleases God? Absolutely! The New Testament provides examples of how a godly believer can “walk with God.”
Paul told the Romans to …walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4b)
Paul later reminded the Galatian believers to …walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
Holy Spirit-directed lives keep us from following after the desires of our flesh. We have an opportunity that Enoch did not have. We can get up in the morning and say, “Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit, I want to walk in a pure and wholesome manner. When I trip up throughout the day, convict me and remind me of my walk, so that I will confess quickly and get back in step with you.” Walking with God does not necessarily mean we sin less often, but it does mean we confess more quickly. Walk with a heart surrendered to the Spirit in newness of life with a desire for holiness.
Enoch: a man who walked with God and became a man who walked away with God.
The same opportunity exists for us. (I Thessalonians 4:17)