In verse 5 of chapter 11 of the letter to the Hebrews we get reminded of someone who lived very close to God: By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
When we have a look at the detail in the Bible regarding Enoch, there isn’t much, Genesis Chapter 5 from verse 18: When Jared had lived 162 years, he became the father of Enoch. After he became the father of Enoch, Jared lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Jared lived a total of 962 years, and then he died. When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
It raises a lot of questions, such as:
- Did Enoch not walk faithfully with God for the first 65 years?!!!!
- He was no more? Seriously? Or is this by way of speaking?
- In Jude 1:14-15 Enoch is quoted, but there is no other reference to him. How did Jude know what Enoch said? (apparently there is a book of Enoch that does not form part of the Bible…)
More importantly, though, I believe, is the verse 6 after the author said that Enoch pleased God: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Is this it? 1 – I have to believe that He exists, and 2 – I should earnestly seek Him.
I believe it is that simple. Believe Him and in Him. Also, seek Him with all my heart.
You see, it is very easy to believe IN God, for most of us grow up that way. The trick comes when we have to believe Him. Those times when He gives us a word or prophecy and we just cannot see that it will ever come into fruition. Or those trying times when we feel like questioning everything. That is when we have to believe IN Him, trust Him.
Then, to seek Him is a daily, on-going, repeating event. A lifestyle, more than just separate once-off stops in our life.
If only I could be half as effective in this area as Enoch was…