godly man is one who lives with a constant realization of God's divine
presence He is God-conscious. When he awakes in the morning, there is
God. As he dresses for work there is God. As he goes in to breakfast
with his family, as he drives to work, as he works through the day, as
he drives home, as he spends the evening hours, as he lies down on his
bed at the close of the day, there is God.
was a man who was God -conscious, for he "walked with God"
He enjoyed constant companionship with God. Wherever Enoch went, God
went with him, and Enoch was always aware that He was there. He could
not flee from God's presence
nor did he seek to do so. He was a godly man.
fortunate is that man who has developed within himself this God
consciousness. It is easy for him to pray, for God is to him a close,
ever near, companion whose
"ears are open unto
(1 Peter 3:12). His talking with God is as natural as his talking
with any companion.
not fear, for he just places his hand in God's in his times of trouble.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear. .."
(Psalm 46:1, 2).
Even when walking
"through the valley of the shadow of death," he can
"fear no evil,"
for God is with him.
power of temptation is greatly reduced, for he never forgets that
"all things are
naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do"
His desire to please his ever present God is greater than the power of
thankful, recognizing God, with whom he walks, to be the source of
"every good gift
and every perfect gift"
loves God. He talks to God. He walks with God. He is always conscious of
God's presence. He is never without God. Yet, this relationship never
degenerates into a "buddy-buddy" relationship, for he reverences God; he
recognizes His awesomeness; he gratefully acknowledges his own personal
unworthiness of such a relationship with Almighty God.
the very essence of godliness. Someone, years ago, observing the
similarity between "godliness" and "God-like-ness," assumed that the two
words meant the same. That false assumption was passed on to others, and
has now gained a strong foothold in the thinking of a great number of
people. W. E. Vines says that godliness "denotes that piety which,
characterized by a godward attitude, does that which is well pleasing to
Him." A godly person, then, is one who has a godward attitude, and whose
constant consciousness of God leads him to be obedient to Him.
visiting in a hospital, recently, we observed this sign, "Have you said
Thank you, God today?" A godly person probably would have done so. Have
“Thank you, God" today?
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