Hitting The Right Stride


“The test of a man’s religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on.”

Oswald Chambers

I am nearly six and a half feet tall (six feet five and three-quarters inches to be exact), and I have long legs.  With long legs, comes a long stride.  If I’m walking down the hall at my office, there are many of my co-workers who simply cannot keep up with me.  Their legs are too short, and they cannot match my stride.

In Genesis 5, we meet Enoch.  He is part of the genealogy between Adam and Noah.  There is not a lot shared about him in the Bible.  We know his father’s name is Jared.  We know he had a son named Methuselah.  And we know he lived 365 years.  But this isn’t it.  Enoch walked with God.

Does this mean Enoch had long legs and a huge stride?  I doubt it.  My guess is that Enoch was probably fairly short compared to today’s standards.  Most likely, he had a complete, intimate focus and relationship with God.  I get the feeling Enoch knew God.  The Bible doesn’t give us any other details about his life.  He didn’t invent the wheel.  He didn’t rule the land.  He didn’t do anything spectacular as far as we can tell, but he walked with God.

In today’s world, most of us have a thirst for adventure.  We want to achieve greatness.  We want to be well-known.  This becomes our focus and even our god sometimes.

What if we changed our focus?

What if we really pursued a relationship with God?

At the end of my life, I would love to be remembered as a man who walked with God.

How about you?

How would your life be different if walking with God became your first priority?