does God want to walk with us?

When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Genesis 5:21-24

Enoch is noteworthy because he is the only person in Scripture who is said to have walked with God. The NIV addition “faithfully” is likely appropriate (see NET footnote 15) in helping get a sense of meaning. Hebrews 11 suggests the same:

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:5-6

Interestingly, the Genesis account says that after Enoch became the father of Methuselah, he walked with God. We’re not told why such was the case, but something of the sense of responsibility or concern may have been a factor. I think often at some sense of crisis there can be a tipping point to help us move in a good direction, or alas, in some direction not good. Sometimes the deepest depths can help us realize the highest heights.

Enoch was probably considered austere in his time, prophesying against what was probably commonplace in his day.

Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

Jude 1:14-15

Does God want to walk with us? I think he does. Implied here, and clear when you consider all of Scripture, God becoming flesh in the Incarnation, and in the end dwelling with humankind in the New Jerusalem when heaven and earth become one in the new creation. “Do we want to walk with God?” is the real question. Or are we occupied with other things?