By: Bill Hall
A truly godly man is one who lives with a constant realization of God's divine presence. He is Godconscious. 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 day, there is God.
Enoch was a man who was God-conscious, for he "walked with God" (Genesis 5:24). 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 (Psalm 139:7), nor did he seek to do so. He was a godly man.
How 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 his prayers" (1Peter 3:12). His talking with God is as natural as his talking with any companion.
He does not fear, for he just places his hand n 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.
The 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" (Hebrews 4:13). His desire to please his ever present God is greater than the power of temptation.
He is thankful, recognizing God, with whom he walks, to be the source of "every good gift and every perfect gift" (James 1:17).
He 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.
This is 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 God-ward 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.
While 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 you said, "Thank You, God" today?