Enoch Walked with God
by Anastacia Maness
The world was falling apart. The first murder had been committed and things were getting worse.
Granted, there was the birth of Seth. Eve was glad to have another son to replace Abel, whom Cain killed.
Then Seth had a son named Enosh, and it was at the announcement of his birth that the Bible says, “Then men began to call on the name of the LORD.” (See Genesis 4:25-26.)
But what happened after that, when people began to multiply and cover the earth?
Adam lived to be 930 years old.
As we find ourselves getting older we tend to talk about what life used to be like. I wonder if Adam told his children stories of what life was like before the earth was cursed?
The Bible really doesn’t say much about Enoch. All we have is a few simple verses that hold a world of meaning.
In a world that was forgetting about God, why did Enoch stand out? Why did he choose to walk with God?
This is how I imagine it based on these few verses about Enoch.
Adam was 622 years old when his great-great-great-great-great-great grandson, Enoch, was born.
Let’s imagine Adam sitting with young Enoch at his side, telling the story of how the Garden looked the day he named the animals. Picture Adam’s smile as he reminisces over the first time he met Eve after a short nap.
I can picture Enoch hiding his face as his six-times-great-grandpa tells about the serpent entering the garden and what happened after Adam and Eve took that fatal bite of the cursed fruit they had been told not to eat.
Some kids, when they hear their grandparents’ stories, find them entertaining but run off after a while to play. However, something about Enoch was different.
Enoch wanted more. He didn’t just want to hear about God. He wanted to know God personally.
Guess what. Enoch found God.
“Enoch lived 65 years, and begat Methuselah. After he begat Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were 365 years.
And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:21-24, NKJV)
Enoch walked with God and before he even made it to middle age at 365 years old, God took Enoch home with Him.
“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” – Hebrews 11:5 NKJV
You know what? This walk with God isn’t exclusive to Enoch. God wants to have a close relationship with us, too.
What must we do to please God?
First, we must have faith.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)
We not only must believe in God’s existence, we must seek Him diligently. Then we will be able to walk with God and God will reward our effort.
But that’s not all that will happen.
Once we start walking with God, other people will notice. We won’t be the only ones changed. Our friends and our families will notice, too.
Someone told Enoch about God when the rest of the world was turning away from Him.
And even though Enoch was already taken away by God before Noah was born, someone taught Noah about God.
What we teach our children about God is important. We don’t want to just talk about our faith in God to our children. We need to show them our faith in action.
May it be said of us that we walked with God and may we forever seek to please Him.
Do you have that close relationship with God? Was there someone in your life that shared that legacy with you? Please tell us about it in the comments. We would love to hear your testimony.
–Anastacia Maness (also known as “Stacie”) is a Preacher’s Wife, Homeschooling Mother of 6 Blessings, and Writer. When she’s not busy counting her Blessings, she’s writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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