I marvel a great deal at Old Testament saints. Especially those like Enoch, in Genesis, who walked with God for over 300 years. It’s not that they were any less “saved by grace through faith” than we are, but it’s that they lived without indwelling Holy Spirit of God. They lived daily without the very presence of God that is promised and permanent for Christian’s in the church age. That’s not to say that the Spirit didn’t come upon men. Or that they found comfort in the many ways that God manifested Himself. But the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, did not arrive and tabernacle in men until after Jesus rose and ascended.
The Psalmist prayed in Ps 119:38; “Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.” What devotion indeed it must have taken, to wholly go after God and His precepts without the divine enablement of the Holy Spirit, daily. The resolve of the saint can further be seen in earlier verses (33-34) where the words, “I shall keep” and “I shall observe” are used. But it wasn’t merely a matter of human will power, or dogged determination. It was the earnest prayer of a heart, “prone to wonder” to pray, “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments, for therein do I delight.” It’s natural enough for the heart to wander with the daily indwelling of God’s presence and Person. How much more to wander without it?
We are so blessed dear Christian! Yet, even with the daily help of the Holy Spirit of God, we often lack the willingness to obey. We lack the devotion of heart, and daily longing after God and His precepts. We have been made alive in Christ! The old testament saint prayed earnestly to be quickened in the Word and by the truth of Scripture. Spiritual life has quite literally been breathed into our soul, and yet we sometimes choose death. If men and women of faith, could choose then to be men and women of obedience, certainly we can. If people without the daily comfort and help of the Holy Spirit could live Godly lives, shouldn’t we? Let’s be devoted!