I have a friend and we enjoy a lunch at least once a month. Our lunch is always filled with stories of what our life has been experiencing and catching up on how and what needs to be put in the front burner of our prayer life. After lunch, we walk. It does not matter where, we just walk. When we walk, we talk non-stop. Crazy for two men to be talking so much but we both love Jesus and we both take time to bring Jesus into our discussions that we had over lunch. Sometimes I think that is what Jesus did too. I know He walks with us.
I loved the story of Enoch walking with God.
Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years.Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:22-24 ESV
I am challenged more than I thought I would be on Noah’s walk with God. There is no way Noah could have done what he had to do if he did not. I loved how the Genesis author wrote this verse —
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. – Genesis 6:8 ESV
Noah was not alone, the favour of God was on him. That is the prayer my friend and I pray often. I know that I cannot do what God wants me to do without His favour.
As the Christmas season has just passed, I pushed through to the last portion of Luke 2 to rediscover some truths about Jesus’ childhood.
And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. – Luke 2:39-40 ESV
As a disciple of Jesus, I pray that I may look for and find lessons as to how I can learn and grow in spiritual maturity too. This is my prayer —
Father, the testimonies of Enoch and Noah have inspired me once again. I loved the encouragement to walk with You and I want to walk with You. Both Noah and Jesus have the added words that Your favour was upon them. I ask humbly, that as I walk with You, may Your favour be upon me as well. May I find myself being filled with wisdom and walking with confidence and strength in my faith in You. Amen.
But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son…To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons]. ~ Galatians 4:4-5
My brother and sister-in-law are in the process of adopting two beautiful little girls as their own. Our little girl was born within a month of my brother’s girls moving in with them. My parents assured us all that they would not love or treat any of the girls more special than the others. Why? Because they are all granddaughters, fully and completely special and in need of love. My brother and I are both grateful for that. I’m sure his fear was that our parents might favor our daughter because she’s the “first born granddaughter,” while my husband & I feared that my brothers girls might be favored because they live closer.
One thing we really appreciate about my parents is that their love of all the granddaughters is a reflection of the scripture above: they are all recognized as granddaughters—as a part of the family. That’s what God says to us: you are a part of His family. You no longer have to fall subject to the former heritage, for God purchased you at full expense that He might call you His own. Whatever baggage we thought we had to bring along has been destroyed. Whatever debt we thought would always be there has been paid. All the sins of the past have been eliminated because we have been made free forever.
Thank you, Father that you love us enough that you sent your Son as a sacrifice so you could adopt us. Just as my brother is adopting their two daughters, you have adopted their family and our family to be a part of Your family. Thank you for demonstrating this love to us that we could pass it along to our children. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever commits and practices sin is the slave of sin. Now a slave does not remain in a household permanently (forever); the son [of the house] does remain forever…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ. (John 8:34-35; Galatians 4:7)