April 15, 2021-
You may be surprised to discover that of all the people mentioned in the Bible, only three—Enoch, Noah, and Levi— are expressly said to have walked with God. Their stories are found in Genesis chapters 5 and 6 and Malachi 2.
Studying Enoch’s live provides clues to how he lived a lifestyle pleasing to God.
The account of Enoch’s walk with God is told in the book of Genesis. The writer records that Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah and that at the age of three hundred and sixty-five years, Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him (Genesis 5:24).
This scripture reveals that Enoch began to walk with God after his 65th birthday. How old are you? A recent newspaper article stated that today’s average life expectancy of a person living in the United States is about 75 years. How many years have you left to walk with God?
After three hundred years as God’s walking companion on earth, God invited Enoch to continue his walk in heaven. Enoch, like the later prophet Elijah, went directly to heaven without dying. Enoch’s goal was to please God.
In the New Testament, the Hebrew writer reveals two key actions that enabled Enoch to walk with God. By faith, Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; he was not found because God took him up, for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up, he was pleasing to God. And without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:5,6a).
- Enoch was pleasing to God. Enoch did what God wanted him to do. His actions reflected God’s Will for his life.
- Enoch was faithful to God. The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Enoch, through his faith, pleased God. Enoch is an example of the righteous man that Paul wrote about in Romans l: 17, But the righteous man shall live by faith.
Many people suffer from the misconception that walking with God is about church attendance, Bible study, praying, and contributing to the needy. It’s true, people who walk with God engage in these activities. But, Enoch’s life highlights the genuine basis of walking with God.