A Long, Close Walk

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Genesis 5

Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (v. 24)

Today’s passage details the long lives of Adam’s descendants, who lived anywhere from 365 to 969 years. Enoch is distinguished as the man who did not die and who twice is described as one who “walked with God.”

William Cowper (1731-1800) wrote the familiar hymn “O for a Closer Walk with God,” which is based on this verse about Enoch. A respected poet during his time, Cowper himself lived 69 years and wrote many other hymns. However, “early in life, Cowper developed a chronic melancholia and despondency which plagued him till death” (101 More Hymn Stories, p. 208). In this originally six-verse song, he pleads for “the blessedness I knew” and “the soul-refreshing view of Jesus and his Word.” Cowper prayed for “a calm and serene frame” and for “a light to shine upon the road that leads me to the Lamb.” He also asked that obstacles, sins and idols in his life, be removed so that he could worship only God. This focused and single-hearted devotion is necessary for walking closely with God. Nothing should get in the way.

Walking closely with God is a habit that we can develop too. Fellowship with him means talking to him throughout the day, obeying him, and continually acknowledging his presence. God may not whisk us away as he did Enoch, but we can have the assurance that some day we will also be home with him forever. —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: Dear God, help us learn how to walk closely with you.