This is a passage I have been thinking about lately. I have a few thoughts about it.
Genesis 5: 21-24
21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah.
22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.
23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
I find these verses to be totally awesome and fascinating! HAVE YOU EVER REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT IT?? Obviously a drastic change happened in Enoch's life because he walked with God for the REST OF HIS LIFE (God allowed him another 300 years of life) after the birth of his first Son, Methuselah. I wish the Bible told us more about what all happened in Enoch's life to bring about the change, but it doesn't. So we can't really speculate.
It is repeated twice of great importance that ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD. I don't know about you, but when I read that it literally gives me the chills in a good sense! You see, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THAT WAS LIKE, HOW IT FELT, AND EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANT THAT ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD THAT CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you???? I would dare to want to BUT TOUCH the edge of what Enoch experienced as he walked with God!!!---I WANT THAT!!!! Do you?? Let's ask ourselves the question and be honest in the response that we each give to the Lord!!! If we find that we DON'T truly desire that, can we go before the Lord and discover WHAT is keeping us from Him?? Pray, Seek Him alone, and once we truly discover what it is, by His grace and help in our process of sanctification by the power of His HOLY SPIRIT whole-heartedly before GOD GET RID OF WHATEVER IT IS (Or the various things are)???? THIS CLOSE AND INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD IS WHAT WE ARE TRULY AND WERE ALSO EXACTLY CREATED FOR! WE AREN'T GOING TO BE SATISFIED WITH ANYTHING ELSE BUT A REAL, VIBRANT, LIVING, LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HIMSELF!!!THE GOD WHO CREATED EACH ONE OF US!!!!
It appears in the next verse that ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD SO CLOSELY THAT the Lord simply took Enoch to be with HIM (God-Himself) because He was no more. The text does not say that he died like the others mentioned before and after him. WOW!! THAT IS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't have 300 years of life left, like Enoch did when he began to walk with God, but GOD knows that He has my heart 110% for the rest of my life....as long as that is--and HE already knows how long my life will be on earth. WHAT SECURITY!!!!!
I do not know the day or the hour of the Lord's return as do none of us. Only the Father knows that! The Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) does not even know that. But WE MUST PREPARE FOR THAT DAY---Scripture does say that HE WILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT!!! God has done an amazing change of repentance in my heart and life--it is the REAL DEAL and to God be all the glory. (and by that I mean Every little bit of it is HIS--I DON"T WANT EVEN A SPECK OF IT FOR MYSELF!!!)
I guess I just feel led to challenge myself and the rest of you this way! LET'S ALL GET SERIOUS BEFORE GOD---REALLY SERIOUS AND EXAMINE OUR HEARTS AND LIVES and ask Him what has been keeping us from Him--and TRUST that He will show us through His Word. In a small way, this process that I have been going through (without realizing it at first) has enabled me to do that somewhat! Let's prepare ourselves for His return with EVERY MOMENT that we live because WE DO NOT KNOW THE DAY OR THE HOUR!!!! WE JUST KNOW HE PROMISED HE IS COMING AGAIN---LET'S BE LIKE THE WISE VIRGINS.
1"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'
9" 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.'
10"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11"Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!'
12"But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.'
13"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Those were Jesus' Words to us! I encourage you all to listen, not to me, but to HIM!!!!!!! ARE WE READY??? Let's make every effort in the sanctification process individually in complete cooroperation with the Holy Spirit to work with what He is doing in our lives and be ready!!!!