Relationships can be a rich blessing for everyone involved, but they also have their challenges.
What are some of the blessings which come from being in a relationship? How do those blessings make you feel?
What are some of the challenges which come from being in a relationship?
How do those challenges make you feel?
Our relationship with God has also got times of great blessings but also times of great challenges.
How does our relationship with God feel when we’re enjoying the many blessings that come from Him?
How does our relationship with God feel when we’re going through challenging times?
One night a man dreamed a dream. As he was walking along the beach with his Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to him and one to his Lord. After the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that at many times along the path of his life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. This really troubled him, so he asked the Lord about it.
‘Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.’
He whispered, ‘My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testing. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.’
Sadly, it’s during those challenging times, that some Christians lose sight of what the relationship was all about in the place. It’s during those challenging times that many Christians fall away because they feel that God has deserted them.
What’s the danger of relying on our feelings?
We all know that in any relationship our feelings can change, however, our relationship with God isn’t based on our feelings, it’s based on our faith.
To have fellowship with God means to walk with God. Let’s go ahead and look at one example of a man who certainly walked with God and sees what we can learn from Him, we know that Noah walked with God, Genesis 6:9, but we’re going to look at someone else who walked with God, his name is Enoch.
Now for someone who walked with God, we would think there would be lots of Bible passages written about him, but the fact is there are only a few passages which speak about Enoch.
We’re not going to look at the genealogy records, Genesis 4:17-19 / Genesis 5:18-19 / 1 Chronicles 1:3 / Luke 3:37, rather we’ll focus on three other passages of Scripture, and see what we can learn from Enoch about what having fellowship with God looks like.
Enoch lived during a time when mankind was at its worst, this was the time just before the flood, Genesis 6:5-8.
What challenges would have Enoch faced living in this ungodly world?
How did Enoch manage to maintain his walk with God amidst this ungodliness?
The word ‘together’, means that it’s an intimate companionship, it’s two people who are walking side by side, with the same purpose. Enoch certainly had that intimacy with God.
It would have been so easy to Enoch to follow the ungodly crowd in his day, but he chose to obey God in every way, Acts 5:29, why is obedience important to God?
For Enoch to walk with God, meant that he spoke with God. Prayer is all about communication with God, why is prayer important to God?
Why is prayer important to Christians?
Enoch must have sacrificed his whole life to God, Jude 14-15, why is doing good and sharing with others pleasing to God?
Why is sharing the good news and telling people about Jesus’ return pleasing to God?
The world in Enoch’s day was very corrupt, they spent their valuables on their own pleasures, Genesis 6:11-12, why is giving of our finances pleasing to God?
Enoch knew who was in charge of his life, what does it mean to humbly walk with God?
When we remember Who is actually in charge, this will certainly help keep us humble, Psalm 90 / Psalm 25:9 / James 4:10 / Matthew 23:12.
I’m sure, just like Noah, 2 Peter 3:3-4, Enoch would have faced some trials because he chose to walk with God, do you have any examples of unjust suffering?
Why is enduring suffering important?
Why is it important to allow perseverance to finish its work?
God knows our weaknesses and sympathises with us, Hebrews 4:15. The significance of Enoch being taken up to heaven, is that this signalled to mankind that salvation was indeed possible, that, in time, God would provide it, and that it ultimately included a victory over death.
Enoch walked with God, he lived his life in such a way, that he pleased God. He saw this world for what it really was and was blessed to have the ultimate fellowship with God in heaven.