The Cloud of Witnesses
Former title Lessons From the People of the Bible
Lesson 1: Noah – Walked With God
Walked With God
Methuselah may have lived the longest on earth, but Enoch, his father, and Noah, his grandson, are the ones who are recorded to have ‘walked with God’. Interestingly enough, we read ‘Enoch walked with God’ and went straight into His presence whereas Noah walked with God and remained on earth another 450 years.
I wonder why Enoch and Noah were singled out. Does it mean the others didn’t walk with God? They were all recorded as in the line of David and the Messiah, as listed by Matthew. They all had the same opportunity and privilege, but for some reason, they were not all mentioned as those who walked with God.
There were many who walked along beside Jesus but we don’t know that they ever became true disciples of His. Today there are many people who go to church and try and live a godly life, and yet they do not have an intimate relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, His Son.
There must be more to the Christian life than going to church, saying a few prayers, reading the Bible and trying to live a good life. Yes, all those things are worthwhile but is it really ‘walking with God’? Saul was God’s anointed King, and yet he was disobedient and didn’t end up ‘walking with God’.
Jesus said, “Not everyone who calls me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do the Will of My Father who is in Heaven” (Matthew 7:21). There is a price to pay – and it is called obedience. Not doing my will but doing the will of God for my life. I have to surrender my will and dedicate my life to doing the will of God only.
Yes, nothing I can do will ever gain me right standing with God. As Isaiah tells us: “All our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64: 6). We come into a right relationship with God, solely on the merit of His perfect Son and His perfect sacrifice for us. We need the salvation Christ offers us.
However, once we are saved, once we have accepted the substitutionary death of Christ – He died for me – then my life should reflect that transaction. I should no longer live according to my self-centredness or selfish desires and ambitions, but rather as a slave of Jesus Christ.
As John says, “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did” (1 John 2:6).
We need to walk with God as long as He chooses for us to live on earth, whether it is short or long…
Noah would say to us today...
Christianity is not a religion. You can’t do anything to earn your standing before God – it is by grace alone. However, your life should demonstrate that grace.
Father, as I read the life of Noah, I realise that there was something dramatic and faithful about it. Furthermore, it wasn’t sham because You caused us to know about it – You recorded the facts for us. Please help me remain close to You and make my life reflect the fact that I walk with You. For Your Name’s sake. Amen.
Genesis 5:21-24; John 21:15-22; 1 John 1.
What does it mean to ‘walk with God’?
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How do people who are non-Christian know you are ‘walking with God’?