S – “Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.” Hebrews 11:5
“…Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9b “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” v. 8
O – Both Noah and Enoch “walked with God” and both found favor in His eyes. God was pleased with them. Why? Because they walked with Him. They fellowshipped with Him. They had a relationship with God. Their faith pleased God.
A – Am I walking with God? Yes, I believe in Him, I believe His word, I know He is real, and my heart belongs to Him. But do I walk with Him or do I go my merry way? Do I do what is convenient, easy or fits my mood or do I follow the leading of His Spirit even if it is inconvenient, painful or requires sacrifice?
Walk with. Follow. He leads. I walk with Him but I turn when He turns. I stop when He stops. He sets the pace.
P – Jesus, I want to follow you this way. I want to turn from setting my own pace and stopping when I want. Dear Spirit, help me yield. Help me listen and follow.
My word for 2017: FOLLOW
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“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Paul challenges us here to be careful [take heed, look, beware, see, walk circumspectly] and to be wise. Not plowing ahead blindly without looking where we’re going or even taking thought of where we want to go. We need to seek wisdom and not be foolish. The wise person looks around them and is aware of what’s going on. We need to open our eyes and make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil! Not wearing blinders, not putting our heads in the sand. We need to see the evil in the world, see the opportunities God gives us and make the most of them by using them to do good, to share truth and to shine the light.
It’s easy to walk with blinders on and pretend that what I see right in front of me is all that’s real. But the truth is the world is full of evil and corruption and it’s dying. The world is groaning, longing to be free of its curse. I need to walk with my eyes open and be aware of what is true and SEE the opportunities God brings.
I missed an opportunity this week. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that the same woman came into my path two days in a row but I put my blinders on. I didn’t listen to God and respond. I can’t know what would’ve happened if I’d made the most of that opportunity but I can learn and be ready the next time.
Dear Lord, I want to walk wisely; I want to make the most of the opportunities you give me. I know how evil this world is. Open my eyes Jesus. Please help me make the most of the opportunities you give me.
What opportunities will God bring to us today? Are we ready?