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The Enoch Example: How to Walk with God

by Stephen Davey

“Do as I say, not as I do” might be easy to say—or hide behind as a parent—but the truth remains that children learn to mimic just about everything their parents say and do. 

One newspaper article illustrates this point as it reported a teenager driving his brother to the hospital in the family car. The thirteen-year-old had never driven a car before, but successfully navigated his brother to the hospital, where he received the medical attention needed in time to save his life. 

When asked how he managed to drive the car—for the first time in his life—he simply responded: “I just did what I saw my father do.” 

So, here’s the question: “What do your children see you doing?” 

One Old Testament father was motivated to change his life after his son was born. The father’s name was Enoch, a descendant of Adam through his son Seth. Enoch became the great-grandfather of Noah. His brief biography appears in Genesis 5: 

“When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah. … Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” (vs. 21-24). 

The apostle Paul expanded on the term “walked with God” at various points in his letters. He told the Romans to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4), and encouraged the Corinthians to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). 

Walking with God requires willingly submitting yourself to God’s moral standard, as Paul told the Galatian church: “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). 

Walking graciously toward others is also involved, as Paul urged the believers in Ephesus; “walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). 

Those who walk with God walk with a heart of faith, an attitude of love, surrendered to the Holy Spirit, and with a passion for holiness. This is the highest calling a father should pursue in life. 

This passion will not only make you a better father, but it will create a godly legacy worthy of passing down to your children and grandchildren. 

When we ask ourselves “What do I want my children to see me do?”, Enoch’s example provides the answer: to walk with God. 

There is no greater example. There is no greater legacy. 

Have you ever thought about the fact that walking with someone, just as you walk with God, requires several agreements? 


Our final destination is Heaven, where the throne of God is located. Are we focused on that life to come, or are we primarily focused on the things of earth? 

It’s far too easy to know that we’re going to Heaven but live for the stuff of earth. Dad, if your children see you passionate about sports, politics, automobiles, or status, they will set their sights on those “destinations” as well. 

Paul raises our focus by reminding us to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call” (Philippians 3:14). 


Have you ever told your children to do something and given them specific instructions on how to do it? Then you come back around and discover they’ve attempted to accomplish it in a different way? You have more life experience, you know better, and you’re the one who asked for it to be done in the first place! 

We do the same thing to our heavenly Father as we attempt to live our lives our way. We’re effectively telling God that we know better. 


Walking with God means submitting to His divine timing. You may feel like He’s going too fast, or too slow. But we trust Him, adjusting our pace to His. And sometimes that means speeding up. Often, it means slowing down— or perhaps, stopping altogether. Walking with God means that He is determining our steps and our stops. 

Enoch ended up walking with God after his baby boy was born. If you explore the timeline, Enoch walked with God for 300 years. Frankly, I’d be impressed by someone who could say they walked with God for 30 years. Imagine 300! 

We don’t know how long we have to walk with the Lord, so let’s just make sure we walk with Him today. 

Let’s agree with Him on our destination, our path, and our pace. Doing that will ensure a godly legacy worth sharing with your children. 

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John Lunetta says:
Thank you Stephen!! In our journey of sanctification , I too often focus on my failures and “missed opportunities” in rearing my children for Gods glory instead of allowing God to take control. Someone asked me some time ago, what is the worst feeling in the world? Only now do I realize what the answer to that question. Watching the manifestation of sin in your children's lives and their unwillingness to yield to the Lord despite being raised in a Christian home. I thank the Lord for you and the way God has used you to help me understand better and apply His Precious word. Thank you!
Natalie Johnson says:
Dear Dr. Davey, I so appreciate your ministry and thank you for teaching us how to live closer to our Lord. My father was a Hump Pilot in WWII and saw many awesome and mysterious things. He came to know the Lord as his savior several years later, but he told us that while flying B-24's over the Himalayas he told the Lord "if you allow me to live, I will live for you". Many of his friends lost their lives in those mountains, but he made it back and I was born in 1946. I never heard my father say a curse word in his entire life. He went on to be a Christian Business Man and taught us to love the Bible. Thank you for this article about leaving a legacy. I have two sons that know I love the Lord. That will count for something in eternity. God bless you and your family.
Gary Ferrara says:
Pastor Davey, Each day I start out asking God to guide me and lead me to do His will. So good to see my children & grandchildren continue to accept Christ and live for Him. I enjoy you daily broadcast and going thru the Journey! Thank you Pastor Davey and your staff for the Wisdom Ministry & Shepherds 360. Gary Ferrara
Christine Dubuc says:
This specific phrase first appeared in print in 1654: “Preachers say, do as I say, not as I do” (John Selden, Table-Talk: Preaching). The irony is parents have been using this phrase ever since.
Timothy Amoroso says:
Great article. We either accept the Bible as the word of God or reject it. But let's not have it both ways. Let's not pretend and say the Bible is not the word of God but it is a good moral book. If we reject it, just have the courage and stick with the story. Just admit that it's a complete fallacy. But if we accept it as the word of God, let us take heed to do as it says, and what is written in this article.