How to walk close with God like Enoch, David, and Daniel

As Christians, one of our main goals should be to walk close with God and follow in His footsteps. But how exactly do we do that? While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, there are certainly some biblical figures who can serve as excellent examples for us to follow. 

We will be looking at three such figures: Enoch, Daniel, and David. Each of these men walked closely with God in their own unique way, and we can learn valuable lessons from their examples.

Lesson from the Life of Enoch

Enoch is first mentioned in the book of Genesis. It says that “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). This verse suggests that Enoch had a close and intimate relationship with God. That he was obedient to His will. It also shows that Enoch pleased God with his faithfulness and obedience.

We see this same theme of obedience and faithfulness throughout the rest of the Bible. Enoch is repeatedly mentioned as a man who “pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5) and “walked with God” (Jude 1:14).

So, how can we walk closely with God like Enoch did? One key is to be obedient to God’s will. This means reading the Bible, praying, and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit to understand what God wants us to do.

It also means being willing to follow through on whatever He asks of us, even if it is difficult or goes against our own desires.

Enoch’s example shows us that when we are obedient to God, we can have a close and intimate relationship with Him.

So, why did God take Enoch? And how to walk close with God bible verses:

Since the Bible doesn’t tell us, we can only speculate at the reasons why God took Enoch based on Bible verses.

First, as I mentioned above, we read over and over again how close Enoch walked with God and we also read in Amos 3:3 the following:

"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3, KJV

And these verses below, though not about Enoch, give us insight into what it means to walk with God and can help answer why God took Enoch:

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:1-3, ESV
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." Romans 12:1, ESV
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8, ESV
"Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." 1 Timothy 4:7-8, ESV

Based on these bible verses, we can only deduct that God and Enoch must have been walking agreement. In other words, Enoch must have lived a life so dedicated to God that he must not have “turned aside to the right or to the left.” He loved God and did what God commanded him to do.

"So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left." Deut. 5:32, NIV

His life was a “living sacrifice” to God – just like Jesus said in Matthew 16:34, NIV: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” He put his own desires aside to follow God.

He lived a godly and humble life in the eyes of God.

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21, NIV

Can we say that to love is Christ and to die to our own selfish desires is gain?

What would it take for us to walk close with God as Enoch did?

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How to Walk Close with God: 5 Lessons from the Life of David

Finally, we can look to the example of David as we seek to walk with God. David is perhaps best known for his role as the king of Israel, but he was also a man who had a close relationship with God.

The Bible says the following about David:

"And when [God] had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." Acts 13:22, KJV

David was a man after God’s heart because he did God’s will and loved Him!

In the Psalms, we see that David frequently sought God’s guidance and relied on Him for strength and protection.

He was also known for his strong faith. We can see this in passages like Psalm 23, where he declares: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

One way that we can follow David’s example and walk closely with Jesus is by seeking God’s guidance in all things and trusting in His provision and protection. This means turning to God in times of trouble and relying on Him to see us through difficult situations.

It also means recognizing that God is our ultimate source of strength and relying on Him, rather than on our own abilities or resources.

Here are 5 lessons from the life of David:

  1. David was not only beautiful on the outside, but he was also beautiful inside which is what truly matters to God. Who are we on the inside? Read the following verses of what God sees: Matthew 6:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 1 Kings 8:39.
  2. He was faithful in the LITTLE things: initially, he was a shepherd.
  3. David had a surrendered heart to God. He sought to do God’s will (1 Samuel 13:14) and even asked God’s spirit to not depart from him after his sin with Bathsheba (Psalm 51:11). On the other hand, Saul refused to surrender the kingdom. Eventually his decisions caused the Spirit of the Lord to depart from him (1 Samuel 16:14).
  4. He went to fight Goliath in the name of the Lord. Whatever we are doing should be done in the name of the Lord, meaning we should abstain from sinful living. We should also remember that just as God made a way to defeat Goliath, God will provide you the means and the way for you to defeat the enemy.
  5. David overcame evil with good when he spared Saul’s life (1 Samuel 24:12-22). David had an opportunity, but he chose not to take it. He remained faithful to God first in that he didn’t harm who God had put in power. In our lives, people may damage or hurt us, but if we consider David, we can also show kindness instead of fighting evil with evil.

There are plenty more lessons from the life of David and how he walked close with God, but I hope these get you thinking! Can you think of any others? If you find more, share them in the comments below!

I plan to create a King David Bible study (I’ll probably call it a Life of David bible study) so come back to see if it is available!

After studying David’s life, how can you walk close with God?

How to Walk Close with God: The Life of Daniel in the Bible (short review)

Another biblical figure who walked with God was Daniel. In the book of Daniel, we see that Daniel was an extremely devout and faithful servant of God. He was known for his prayer life and his habit of seeking God’s will in all things.

In fact, Daniel’s faith was so strong that he was willing to stand up for what he believed in, even when it meant facing persecution or death.

One way that we can follow Daniel’s example and walk closely with Jesus is by cultivating a strong prayer life. This means setting aside regular time to pray and seeking to establish a deep and meaningful connection with God through prayer.

It also means being willing to stand up for our beliefs, even when it is difficult or unpopular to do so.

Just as Daniel was not afraid to speak the truth, even in the face of danger, we should also be willing to follow God’s lead, no matter the cost.

Some Lessons from the Life of Daniel:

Here are some life lessons from the life of Daniel which we can apply to our lives:

  • To be faithful to God. Not a superficial faithfulness to get something out of Him, but to be obedient out of love for Him.
  • Be faithful in the LITTLE things (remember how Daniel did not defile himself with the Babylonian foods, Ch1 of Daniel)
  • Keep God’s word in our hearts (mind) because when they did not eat the food, they embodied Psalm 119:11.
  • Be a true witness to others just as Daniel (and his friends) was each time he continued to serve God despite the new decrees against God.
  • To not compromise in the circumstances we are in or in the political things happening around us.
  • Purpose in our hearts to obey Him over our work, family members, spouse, etc.

A future blog post will be shared that looks at Daniel more closely. Below are a few of my bible study notes and if you’re wondering about what to highlight in the Bible, find out here.

A great bible study on Daniel Ch. 2 – Nebuchadnezzar’s dream is found here!

How to Walk Humbly with God and How do I Strengthen My Walk with God

To walk humbly with God and strengthen your walk with God try the following:

  1. Cultivate a relationship with God by going to Him daily and often throughout the day.
  2. Pray often. I’ve heard a pastor say he has an alarm on his watch every hour that reminds him to pray.
  3. Read and study the Bible often. There’s a difference between the two. See the differences here.
  4. Serve others and perform acts of kindness, as these actions can help you live out your faith.
  5. Focus on your own faults and shortcomings rather than those of others. This can help you stay grounded and open to learning from God.
  6. Finally, consider joining a faith community, such as a church and a small bible study group, where you can support and be supported in your spiritual journey.

I have a bible study group every Thursday at 5:30pm ET on Instagram. We have fellowship at the start, read the Bible, and pray throughout the week for one another. Let me know if you’d like to join!

The Cost of Walking with God

In a nutshell, the cost of walking with God are the following:

  • A willingness to let go of your own desires and agendas.
  • It may involve sacrificing your time, energy, and resources for the sake of living out your faith.
  • You may also face challenges and difficulties as you strive to follow God’s will. These men of faith certainly had many challenges living out their faith, but they were certainly blessed! In the words of Paul: “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12, KJV.
  • he rewards of walking with God are great, as you experience a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in life, and draw closer to God. Ultimately, the cost of walking with God is worth it as you experience the fullness of life that God intends for you.

The rewards of walking with God are great, as you experience a deeper sense of purpose and meaning in life, and draw closer to God. Ultimately, the cost of walking with God is worth it as you experience the fullness of life that God intends for you and a deeper relationship with Him.

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Blessings of Walking with God

The blessings of walking with God brings numerous blessings into your life!

It can provide a sense of peace, joy, and contentment, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

As you draw closer to God and align your life with His will, you may experience a greater sense of purpose and meaning.

Your relationships may also be transformed as you seek to love and serve others in accordance with God’s teachings.

You may also receive spiritual gifts and discover new opportunities to use your talents and abilities for God’s glory.

Overall, walking with God brings numerous blessings that enrich your life and bring you closer to Him!

Conclusion

Enoch, Daniel, and David all were biblical figures who walked closely with God in their own unique way. By following their examples, we can learn how to cultivate a close and intimate relationship with God. This involves being obedient to His will, cultivating a strong prayer life, and seeking His guidance and protection.

As we strive to walk closely with Jesus, let us look to the examples of Enoch, Daniel, and David for inspiration and guidance. May we follow in their footsteps as we seek to please God and grow closer to Him each day.

How can you walk close with God?

What are some things that may need to change in order to walk close with God? In order for your family to also walk close with God?

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  1. This is my first time on your blog and I love that you included practical steps for how you personally grow in this area, it’s really great to see! David being a man after God’s own heart is certainly something we should all strive to be!

    1. Hi Caroline 😊 so happy you came on my blog, and yes, we should all strive to be men and women after God’s own heart! Love that we have great examples of men and women in the Bible though they did have their struggles!

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