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                                         Rev. E. Anderson

WALKING WITH GOD

Rev. F.B. Meyer

 

Texts:   Genesis 5: 22; Hebrews 11: 5 “Enoch walked with God . . . .by faith Enoch was translated . . . .had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

 

What an epitaph on this ancient saint! It is as clear-cut today as it was first recorded. We know nothing of Enoch but this brief record, but it tells us everything. It is not an act or a number of acts, but a high tone of life constantly maintained . Betterto walk with God every day in calm, unbroken fellowship, than to have occasional rapturous experiences succeeded by long relapses and backslidings. The Hebrew might be rendered , “Enoch walked, and continued to walk .”

 

1/. BE SURE TO GO GOD’S WAY.

 

He will not walk with you in your own way, but you may walk with Him  in His. To this He calls you. Each moment, and especially when two or three roads diverge, look up to Him and pray, “Which way are You taking that I may walk with You?” It would not be too hard to forsake inviting paths and exciting companions if only you keep your eyes fixed on His face, and the track of His footsteps determines your road beyond hesitation or dispute.

 

 2/. BE SURE TO KEEP GOD’S PACE.

 

Do not run impetuously before Him. Learn to wait His time: the minute hand must point to the exact moment for action. Do not loiter in idleness and apathy. Be loyal and true to His ideals, and quick to obey His least commands.

 

3/. BE SURE TO WEAR GOD’S LIGHT.

 

He is in the light; the light is His chosen symbol; it ill becomes you to wear the unfruitful works of darkness. Put them off, and put on the armour of light. Walk with Him daily in stainless robes, washed in the blood of the Lamb. Then your fellowship will be with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – maintained with the binding ties of prayer.

 

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                                         Rev. E. Anderson

AMAZING: WHO HELPED THE STRANDED STRANGER 20 YEARS AGO?

 

The Norwegian newspaper VG has reported a wonderful story about a newlywed trying to get to Norway to be with her husband, and the stranger who helped pay an unexpected luggage surcharge.

 

It was 1988, and Mary Anderson was at the Miami airport checking in for a flight to Norway to join her husband, when the airline representative informed her that she wouldn’t be able to check her luggage without paying a $103 surcharge.

 

Mary had no money. Her new husband had travelled ahead of her to Norway, and she had no one else to call.

 

“I was completely desperate and tried to think which of my things I could manage without. But I had already made sun a careful selection of my most prized possessions”, says Mary.

As tears streamed down her face, she heard a ”gentle and friendly voice” behind her saying, ‘That’s okay, I’ll pay for her.” Mary turned around to see a tall man whom she had never seen before. “He had a gentle and kind voice that was still and decisive,” she said. ‘The first thing I thought was, Who is this man?”

 

Although this happened 20 years ago, Mary still remembers the authority that radiated from the man. “He was nicely dressed fashionably dressed with brown leather sari, a cotton shirt open at the throat and khaki pants says Mary.

 

She was thrilled to be able to bring both her suitcases to Norway and assured the stranger that he would get his money back. The man wrote his name and address on a piece of paper that he gave to Mary. She thanked him repeatedly. When she finally walked off towards the security checklist he waved goodbye to her.

 

Who was the man? Barack Obama.

 

She paid the $103 back to Obama the day after she arrived in Norway.

 

At that time he had just finished his job as a poorly paid community worker in Chicago, and had started his law studies at prestigious Harvard University.

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