Enoch is, in my humble opinion, a character in one of the craziest stories in the entire Bible. Sometimes I wish there was a book written by Enoch called “Walking with God 101” or “How to Effectively Walk with the Lord”.
Hebrews 11:5 says:
“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.”
This is pretty much all we know about this gentleman who, I imagine, was pretty impressive. We know that he lived for 365 years, had a son named Methuselah when he was 65, followed by a bunch of other kids. Then one day God took him because of his faith. That’s it!
Now, imagine this scene with me. Enoch is fully in love with the Lord. He walks with God daily; he knows God and is known by God. He lives a life fully devoted to the Lord (this was before the Law and the hundreds of commandments God gave as a behavior modification system). Enoch believed in God and it was credited to him as righteousness. How do you think his love for God impacted his daily life? How do you think it changed his interactions with his wife and children? How did it change how he went about his job or connecting with his community?
I would imagine that Enoch was a consistent and faithful man. He probably did subtle things out of obedience to God and lived his life differently because of his faith. I imagine that he drew some weird looks from his fellow humans yet, because he was fully in love with God, he continued on in faith.
Are there any things that God has called you to do that might look “strange” to those around you? If you can’t think of anything specifically, I have two words for you: love and forgive. These are two things we are commanded over and over again in Scripture to do that make absolutely no sense to our fleshly minds. Those are faith-filled steps of obedience that we can take that can make a huge impact on the world around us.
Imagine the day that Enoch was taken away. Imagine people’s reactions and them looking around for the cooky God-loving guy, only for him not to be found. I wonder how that changed people’s perspectives and views on God. I wonder if anyone changed because they came to understand that Enoch’s way of doing things was the best way to live.
I believe it can be the same for us. I don’t believe that we’ll be so close to God that he’ll disappear us from the earth, but I do believe that we can make a lasting impact on the world around us with our faith-filled acts of obedience.
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