And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
I. First, I am to consider walking with God in the foundation thereof, with respect to our state.
II. Secondly, I shall consider walking with God in the matter of it, in respect of our frame and conversation. And, indeed, this duty goes as broad as the whole law. If we would have the life of religion in our walk, we must not walk at random.
1. We must walk with God in the way of habitual eyeing of Him in all things.
2. We must walk with God in the way of the heart's going along with Him in all things, as the shadow goes with the body. Walking with God is no bodily motion, but a spiritual motion, a moving of the heart and affections; and so it must import necessarily the heart's going along with Him.
3. We must walk with God in ordinances (Luke 1:6). The ordinances are the banqueting house of Christ wherein He feasts His people (Song of Solomon 2:4), the galleries wherein the king is held by those that walk with him there (Song of Solomon 7:5).
4. We must walk with God in the stations and relations wherein He hath placed us. These are the sphere that God hath given us to move in, in the world. There are two pieces of work which a Christian has to do.
(1) One for himself, and that is his salvation work (Philippians 2:12). This lies in his personal walk.
(2) One for God, and that is his generation work (Acts 13:36). This lies in his relative walk.
5. We must walk with God in all our actions, whether natural, civil, or religious. "Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31).
III. Thirdly, I shall consider walking with God in the properties thereof. Walking with God is religion; and it is —
1. Practical religion, religion in deed, not in word only; and there is no other sort of religion that will bring us to heaven; hence says our Lord (John 13:17).
2. It is inward and heart religion (1 Peter 3:4). They that have no religion but what is visible to the world, have no true religion; for God is the invisible God, and walking with Him must be so too (Romans 2:28, 29).
3. It is heavenly religion (Philippians 3:20). According to men's state and their nature, so will their actions be; for as is the tree, so will the fruit be. The heart of man, according as grace or corruption reigns in it, will tincture everything that comes through it.
4. It is lively and active religion, being a walking with the living God, wherein there is not only grace, but grace in exercise (Song of Solomon 1:12).
5. It is regular religion, and uniform; for he that walks with God must needs walk by a constant rule, eyeing Him not in some things only, but in all (Galatians 6:16; Psalm 16:8). He gives one rule of walking, extending to man's whole conversation; and so he that walks with Him, walks regularly, aiming at a holy niceness, preciseness, and exactness, in conformity to that rule in all things (Ephesians 5:15).
6. It is laborious and painful religion; for it is no easy life they have whose trade it is to walk on their feet (Hebrews 6:10). And it is no easy religion to walk with God. Religion is not a business of saying, but doing; not of doing carelessly, but carefully, painfully, and diligently.
7. It is a self-denied religion (Matthew 16:24).
8. It is a humble religion (Micah 6:8).
9. It is constant religion. Walking is not a rising up and sitting down again, but a continued action, like that of a traveller going on till he come to his journey's end. Enoch walked on through the world, till he was not.
10. It is progressive religion; religion that is going forward (Proverbs 4:18).
(T. Boston, D. D.)
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