New Year: New Steps
Happy New Year and Happy Friday, Sisterhood!
There is always so much excitement when something new has begun. Undoubtedly, we have all seen, read or spoken with someone and the topics of discussion have probably ranged from setting new goals in the new year to intentionally NOT creating any out of sheer resistance to the whole 'resolution thing'. I'll get to that later ;)
This morning as I was reading through Genesis 5, verses 22 & 24 caught my eye: "Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God" and "And [in reverent fear and obedience] Enoch walked with God" AMP. Much like you, I've read through these verses dozens upon dozens of times. Wow-how incredible to have a legacy of walking with God! Enoch lived 365 years, and in my head I'm wondering how many things he probably accomplished in all those years and yet this-this is what Enoch is known for: "walking with God" and as we read the last portion of verse 24, "and he was not [found among men], because God took him [away to be home with Him]." Friends, because Enoch had communion with God-not just a "thanks for this day, bless my food, now I lay me down to sleep" kind of fellowship- his reward was God Himself! Yes, he didn't experience physical death-another bonus- but God took him to be home with Him? That sounds too good to be true-but hang on to your stilettos, ladies-it is true! One day, God will come take us to be home with Him!!
Interesting things to note about Enoch:
*He was the great-great grandfather to Noah and much like him, Noah also "walked with God" (Gen 6:9)
*10 Generations from Noah, way too many "greats" to type, came Abraham (Gen 11:26). Abraham also "walked with God" (17:1, 24:40)
*Enoch is mentioned in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews (11:5), as is Noah (:7), as is Abraham (:8)
As I process these thoughts, I see the reward of a life of faith and fellowship with God. I'm even more excited about the fact that generations were influenced by Enoch-GENERATIONS. Did you catch that? What an encouragement for us as we walk this faith journey out, day by day and sometimes even moment by moment, that we have the choice and the opportunity to make our next steps, the right ones. What a weighty responsibility and honor- being accountable to the generations behind us.
Sisters, in this New Year, whether we decide to make resolutions or not, let us resolve to be women who walk in reverent fear and obedience with God; who have habitual fellowship with Him. May our legacies to the nth generation be that of women who walked with God, whose lives were the blueprint, for our descendants to come, of a faith that wasn't satisfied with anything other than communion with God.