Simple Steps


November 22, 2023

“Enoch walked faithfully with God. . .” – Genesis 5:24, NIV

“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” – Genesis 6:9, NIV

“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work.” – Genesis 2:2, NIV

When it comes to your life, do you feel like you are walking or running through each day? 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are full of joy and wonder and family, but all the excitement can also turn to busyness and exhaustion.

Most of us likely feel more in line with a stressed out running pace of life, especially this time of year. Celebrations, commitments, success—a pace that ultimately leads to burn out. God does not applaud busyness, especially if it causes us to miss His small and impactful moments along the way.

In God’s description of Old Testament figures like Enoch and Noah, there is a beauty in the simplicity of how He chooses to describe the nature of their lives . . . They walked with God.

It is no accident that God’s choice of words here illustrates a slower, methodical pace in life. Just as He taught us to rest after our work, He shows us time and again the importance of taking simple, small steps. Our lives are difficult to actively engage each moment if we are too busy running through every day.


How is God asking you to slow down this week? What simple step is He calling you to this advent season?