Good morning y’all. Today we in chapter 5 of Genesis. It his chapter we see the descendants of Adam being listed. They all lived very long and had sons and daughters. But there was one who stood out from the rest. His name was Enoch. We were told he walked faithfully with God and God took him away.
I’m gonna focus today’s blog on Enoch and his walk with God. I pray we are blessed and at the end desire more of God and to walk closely with him just like Enoch.
Here we go 🙂
Genesis 5:21-24 NLT : When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah. After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters. Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
Enoch was listed in the descendant of Adam, He didn’t die,God took him away. He walked faithfully with God during his time. This was pre flood period, people were living in sin and doing their own thing but the bible distinguishes Enoch and tells us he walked faithfully with God hence why he was so special to God.
“He walked with God”…I have often asked myself what this verse means…was it that he walked with God literally as in God was physically there and they walked together or was it that he was obedient to God, lived righteous, worshiped and praised God all his life. I’m drawn towards the latter.
The term ‘walk’ is used often in the bible when referring to our relationship with God. For example God told Abraham walk before me and be blameless – Genesis 17:1. I googled the meaning of walk and one of the definitions I found says its to “guide, accompany, or escort (someone) on foot“. Based on the definition, we can conclude that Enoch was guided, accompanied, escorted by God for the 365 years he lived. No matter what happened, he trusted God and obeyed God.
God loved Enoch so much he spared him the experience of death.we do not know how much of God he knew but whatever he had been told or taught about God he believed. God was real to Enoch.
Our christian life is a daily walk of faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us “for we walk by faith, not by sight“. I believe Enoch walked by faith. Hebrews 11 tells us His faith was pleasing to God. We too are called to this life of faith walk. We can achieve this only in spending time with God. Be it in prayer or in our study and meditation of His word, in obedience to his commands. Living with a deep consciousness of his presence.
In my study on Enoch, I stumbled on this teaching online on the life of Enoch. It really blessed me and I’ll share some excerpts from it.
“We all walk with God in a sense, for all our life. We never can get away from His presence for a moment. He is closer to us than our nearest friend. Wherever we go—He walks beside us. But the trouble with many of us is that we do not realize this presence. We never think of it. Faith is that exercise of the mind, which makes unseen things, real. God was real to Enoch. His walk with God—was as real as if he had seen God’s face, and heard His voice and felt the touch of His hand!
Enoch’s walking with God was not interrupted by the common experiences of his life. “Enoch walked with God 300 years—and had other sons and daughters.” Some people suppose they could continue to walk with God if they were engaged all the time in ‘religious’ work; but they do not suppose it possible to maintain a life of unbroken communion with Him, when they have to be at work in the shop, in the office, or in the kitchen. But the truth is, we may stay near Christ just as easily when at our daily duties—as when we are at our devotions.
There is a legend of a monk whose great desire was to see Christ and touch the hem of His divinity. At his monastery, he waited in prayer and penance before his crucifix. He had vowed that he would see no human face—until his prayer was granted. One morning he seemed to hear a voice which told him that his wish would be fulfilled that day. With eager joy he watched. There came a gentle tap upon his door, and the plaintive cry of a child was heard, pleading to be taken in and fed. But the voice of the cold and hungry little one, was unheeded. The ‘saint’ was busy with his devotions, watching for the vision of the Master, and must not be disturbed. The candles burned low and the monk grew dismayed. Why did not the vision appear? All he heard was, “Unhappy monk, you may pray on forever. The answer to your prayer was sent today—it lingered, then sobbed, then turned away.”
God is quite as sure to come to walk with us, in the doing of some common task of love and kindness—as when we pray or sit at our Master’s communion table. “For I was hungry—and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty—and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger—and you took Me in; I was naked—and you clothed Me; I was sick—and you took care of Me; I was in prison—and you visited Me.” Matthew 25:35-36
To him who is walking with God—all life has glory. We do not know what we miss—when we fail to see the Great Companion who is ever by our side.” – (excerpt from http://gracegems.org/Miller/story_of_enoch.htm)
Dear Lord we thank you for today. We thank you for loving us. We ask for the grace to learn to be guided, accompanied and escorted by you in our day to day lives. Lord our desire is to draw near to you and soentimes we get carried away by the cares of this world. Pls help us Lord live with a deep consciousness of your presence. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed day and remember, our christian life is a daily walk of faith.
***With God all things are possible***