Genesis 5 gives us the genealogy from Adam to Noah. This might have been one of those chapters you read through really quickly without giving it much thought. But if you read too quickly, you will miss something important in those verses.
For every single man that is mentioned, the Bible tells us he lived a certain amount of years, brought forth sons and daughters, and then died. Except for one man.
And after he brought forth Methushelaḥ, Enoch walked with Elohim three hundred years, and brought forth sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with Elohim. Then he was no more, for Elohim took him.
Enoch didn’t just live; he walked with Elohim.
What does it mean to “walk with Elohim?” Think about going for a walk with someone. There are times when you both are talking with one another but there are also times when it is quiet; peaceful. There are times when you both might face a fork in the road and must decided which path to follow. Even though you might change direction, you always go together. There might be times when the road before you narrows and one must go in front of the other. One time you might follow and another you may be in front.
The same is true when we walk with YHVH. There are times in our walk through life when we hear YHVH clearly. And then there are times when there is silence. Neither is wrong, they are just different seasons. We must know and trust that even when He is silent, He is still walking with us.
There will be times in our walk when we face a fork in the road. We might face this fork in a time of talking or in a time of silence but we know that YHVH will always guide us…if we allow Him. His guidance may look different depending on the season we find ourselves in. Sometimes His direction is Him audibly telling us which direction to go; other times, it’s the gentle hands on our shoulders that point us in the right direction without a word being spoken.
And then there are times when the road in front of us narrows and one must walk in front of the other. When YHVH walks in front of us, we see Him paving the way and fighting our battles and all we must do is follow and keep up with His pace! It’s a glorious time of seeing Him working in our lives and it’s so easy to trust Him and see how He is working in our lives!
But then there are times when He tells us we must go in front and allow Him to be our rear guard. This is when we are facing the battles head on and when it sometimes feels as though YHVH has left us. We can’t see Him because He is behind us but we must trust that YHVH has never left us. He is still working in our lives. He is still our shield and our strength. He is still there fighting with us. It simply looks different than when He was in front and we were following.
So here is the question: Are you going to just live and get through life or are you going to walk with YHVH?