To Walk Out of His Will
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
~ Hebrews 8:11
Enoch is one of the most striking personalities of the Old Testament. He is one of but two men who lived on this earth and went to heaven without passing through the portals of death. He is the only one, except our blessed Lord, of whom it is written that “he pleased God.” The reason for the remarkable qualities and successes of this man? Genesis 5:24: “He walked with God.”
All of us stray off the path sometimes. We aren't machines (or even Enochs); we are like dogs on a walk, wanting to stop and check things out. But we have a bigger problem when, at some point, we start to wonder whether we should be on the path at all. We might feel bored, or depressed, or burned out. But you know what's at the bottom of it? There is some sin we want to commit, or have become addicted to, that pulls us away. It might be something as innocent-looking as self-pity, but whenever we get off the path completely, it is not because we are burned out; it is because sin is like rain on a roof. It never stops trying.
The solution? Check the shingles every morning: pray by habit, looking for pinholes that might enlarge. We don't really want to walk out of God's will, and those who do, do it over a long period of time. Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer for just this reason: If we really get lost, we can say it automatically, from memory, and it will turn us back in the right direction.
Lord God, give me the grace, when I wander from your will, to find my way back as quickly as possible. In the name of Christ I pray, Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer