TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Hebrews 11:5 (ESV) “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.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Very little is said about Enoch. In Hebrews 11, he got one verse. In Genesis 5, he received four verses.
Genesis 5:21-24 (ESV) “When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.”
But, those 6 verses are rich! They provide us with enough biblical, devotional truth that we could enjoy reflecting on them for a very long time.
Essentially, we learn in Hebrews 11 that Enoch didn’t die. God simply took him to Heaven without allowing him to go through the dying process. But, we also learn that in his life, “he pleased God.” He made God happy!
When we look back to Genesis 5, we learn again that Enoch simply ceased to exist on earth because “God took him.”
And we see a special phrase that is used twice: “Enoch walked with God.”
So, when we put all of this together, we learn that Enoch was a man that enjoyed living each day with His God (“walked with him”). He was able to enjoy God in the moments of his days because he exercised faith (Hebrews 11:6 directly follows the verse on Enoch). And, as Enoch lived a life of faith, enjoying his God, God also found favor in him. He made God happy.
Friend, Christianity is a WHOLE lot more than obeying rules. In fact, it’s really not about obeying rules. Sure, we do what God has told us to do but we don’t do it to please Him. We obey Him because we love Him and delight to do what He has told us to do. But, it’s really about the relationship.
Are you enjoying relationship with your God? Can it be said that you are “walking with God?” Why not choose to walk with Him today?