“I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsake
or their children begging bread.”-Psalm 37:25, New International Version
To understand the context of the scripture, one must read Psalm 37 in it’s entirety. Throughout the chapter David speaks about the ways of the wicked and how they seem to prosper. He also reminds us that the ways of the wicked will be punished. At the same time, we are encouraged to commit our ways to the Lord, to continue doing good, trust in Him, and wait patiently for Him. We are told that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
Although I do not consider being in my late 40’s old (although sometimes I feel that way!), I can definitely say that in a few seasons of life I have witnessed the faithfulness of God, He does take care of his own, and He certainly punishes those who do evil. For believers, the difficult part is accepting that God takes care of business in His time frame. This is especially hard when we witness evil acts around us daily, or when evil acts are being committed against you personally. This is when the not so easy premise of waiting patiently comes in. In those circumstances, trust that God will deliver victory for the righteous no matter how long it takes. So as a reminder to all of us in the fight, I close with a New Testament scripture that goes well with Psalm 37:25–And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).
There is a great story in the Old Testament about an ancient man named Enoch. We know hardly anything about him. There seemed to be writings about him in the New Testament times, and even a book by his name. What we do know is true, the scriptures provide for us an evaluation of his life. He lived in the terrible times just before the Flood. God gave us an evaluation of the culture of that time, he says “he was sorry he made man.” The Bible tells us that people were brutal to each other as well as debased in their behavior. In Genesis we are told that Enoch was the father of the oldest man ever, Methuselah. In the genealogy offered in chapter 5 gives us this information.
Genesis 5:21-24 –
And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Notice how the sacred scriptures tell us two times. “Enoch walked with God”, it also tells us that he was taken away by God! Not sure what that means exactly but it seems to suggest an early type of rapture. But here is what I want us to focus on, “walking with God.” What does that mean and am I doing it?
What would be your definition of walking with God?