A devotional look at eleven Biblical dads and what we can learn from them.
Who is Enoch? Well, we find his story in Genesis 5. It’s just a few verses…
When Enoch was sixty-five years old, he had Methuselah. Enoch walked steadily with God. After he had Methuselah, he lived another 300 years, having more sons and daughters. Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked steadily with God. And then one day he was simply gone: God took him. (Genesis 5:21-23, The Message)
Enoch is the father of Methuselah and other sons and daughters. Who is Methuselah? Methuselah is the trivia answer to “What Bible character lived the longest?” Methuselah. Who lived 969 years.
But, what do we learn here about Enoch, the man? A good dad. He walked steadily with God. Other translations say he walked “continually” with God. That’s non-stop. He was with God 24/7/365. He didn’t compartmentalize God into a little here and a little there each day. I’ll be frank with you. I used to be the best waffle Believer out there. I’d let God have one or two or more compartments of my life, but not all of them. I would carefully build walls to separate certain areas of my life from others.
But not Enoch. He didn’t say “God you can have my Sunday morning, but not my Saturday night.” Or “God, you can have this relationship, but not that one.” No, Enoch was there, with God, every minute of every day. When have you spent every minute of every day with someone? What was the result? You got to know them, didn’t you? You really got to know them.
And as a result, “God took him.” “One day he was simple gone.” And obviously this story became well known throughout the Ancient World. Fast forward about 1500 years and we find the author of Hebrews notes Enoch in the “Faith Hall of Fame.”
By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:5-6, The Message).
Man, I love this text. Enoch PLEASED God. He did so with FAITH. He BELIEVED that God exists and that God cares.
And his reward? Well, his son was rewarded with long life, a very long life. And Enoch was rewarded with LIFE. He did not face physical death or spiritual death. He was taken… poof! Raptured.
And we also will not face a spiritual death… Walk steadily with God. Please God. Be in relationship with him. Believe. With faith. And when you do, you will have life!
John 3:16 says: that whoever believes in Him, shall not die, but have eternal life.
May I encourage you today to try to be a little bit like Enoch and walk continually with God… give Him every part of your day today — the good stuff and the not so good stuff. I think you’ll be glad you did.