“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
The cliche “slow and steady wins the race” contains a grain of truth.
How we live today affects our lifelong journey.
The Bible tells us very little about the life of Enoch, the son of Jared. Other than his place in history, we know only three things: Enoch walked with God. Enoch did not die. Enoch pleased God.
In Hebrews we read, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God” (Hebrews 11:5). One of only two people who did not experience death, Enoch went directly from earth to be with God. Surely, Enoch’s faith walk was tied to his remarkable exit from this world.
The writer of Hebrews emphasizes faith as the essential ingredient to pleasing God. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Clearly, Enoch believed God exists and would reward his efforts to seek him. Enoch sought God, actively, regularly, continually.
We too are called to walk with God, to daily exercise faith in tangible ways.
Reading, studying, and meditating on Scripture demonstrates faith in God’s Word as true and vital for life. Setting aside a quiet time to pray shows faith that God hears and cares. Noticing God’s provision and responding to the Holy Spirit’s conviction displays faith in God’s power, knowledge, and direction.
You too can please God by walking with him.
Holy God, I want to please you. I want my life to be characterized by my faith walk with you. May seeking you be my purpose and my aim every day.
Remind yourself often that God lives in you by his Spirit and is ever-present. Throughout the day, speak to him about anything you want; be attentive to his voice and will.
By Suzanne Benner
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