by Joe Alain

Walking with God
Joe Alain
Genesis 5:24a ("Enoch walked with God")

Not long ago I came across some interesting epitaphs.
On the tombstone of a novice farmer it reads:
"Here lies Clyde
Whose life was full
Until he tried
To milk a bull."

An epitaph on an English country churchyard tombstone of a woman who had an apparent problem:
"Beneath this stone, a lump of clay
Lies Arabella Young
Who on the twenty–fourth of May
Began to hold her tongue."

Here is an epitaph of Lester Moore, laid to rest in Boot Hill Cemetery, Arizona:
"Here lies Lester Moore
Four shots from a .44
No Les – no More."

Finally, here is the epitaph of Anna Hopewell of Enosburg Falls, Vermont:
"Here lies the body of our Anna
Done to death by a banana
It wasn’t the fruit that laid her low
But the skin of the thing that made her go."

Hebrews 11:5 records the epitaph of a man named Enoch. It simply reads "he pleased God." There is nothing finer that could be said of any person than that he or she pleased God. This testimony that we have of Enoch was not just something nicely spoken by the preacher at Enoch’s memorial service (remember, there was no body). Enoch had this testimony while he lived – "before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God" (Heb. 11:5).

What was Enoch doing while he was living that the Bible would record such a wonderful commendation and place him in the "Hall of Faith?" To answer that question we must look back to the account of Enoch recorded in Genesis 5:21–24. It is there that we discover that "Enoch walked with God."

What does it mean to "Walk with God?" We have a clue in Hebrews 11:6 which immediately follows the epitaph of Enoch. It says: "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." From what we know so far about Enoch and faith we can deduce the following:

"People with faith please God
Enoch was a man ...

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