Genesis 5:21-24 – 21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Hebrews 11:5 – By faith, Enoch was translated, that he should not see death, “and was not found because God had translated him.” For before his translation, he had this testimony: that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5 – 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.”(Message).
There are two people in the Bible that never died, Enoch and Elijah. Elijah was taken to heaven by chariots of fire and Enoch was taken by God. We don’t know how but we know that God took him. They searched high and low but could not find him. The sum total of his life was that he walked with God and he pleased God. The Young literal translation quotes Genesis 5:24 as follows: ‘And Enoch walketh habitually with God, and he is not, for God hath taken him.’ In other words, where you find God you will find Enoch. God so loved his company that He took him before he reached full old age.
The bible does not say, “God walked with Enoch.” It says, “Enoch walked with God.” Meaning Enoch made it his business to seek God, find God and spend time with Him. This is very insightful and stands out especially from examining the genealogy of Enoch. He is the seventh generation from Adam. Everyone from Adam to Enoch, the bible recorded that they lived and then died, but when it got to Enoch, the Bible recorded that he walked with God and he pleased God. The others lived but Enoch walked with God. According to historians and theologians, it is recorded that all the generations after Adam did not seek or walk with God until Enoch came on the scene and even the Godless testified that he, Enoch, walked with God and pleased him.
What I am getting at is, to walk with God is to spend time with him and doing this requires a decision on your part. Enoch decided to walk with God. He decided to please God, not when it was convenient, not occasionally but habitually. Our testimony is the sum total of our lives. It is also noteworthy that as a result of the walk with God, he saw ahead of the generation and his words were loaded with life that they were consequently preserved for us to read. Although, he lived in a time when most people were not walking with God, he saw the saints of God coming. He saw our day, when tens of thousands will be saints. I am sure they didn’t have tens of thousands of saints in his time, at least not from bible records. It is also interesting to find out that the son of Enoch, Methuselah, is the oldest man that is recorded to ever live on earth. The grandson of Enoch, Noah, also walked with God according to scriptures.
Friend, spending time to walk with God has great dividends both now and in the future. Walking with God takes decision, it takes sacrifice, it takes discipline, it takes consistency and it takes a lifetime. In other words, it is meant to be a lifestyle that is cultivated through seeking God on a daily basis. Some are of the opinion that Sunday is the holy day of the week so they seek God and spend time with him. They think all the others days are for business and other life activities, but that mindset is wrong. Whether you are at your job or in church, you are meant to carry and be conscious of God’s presence not passively but actively.
God is everywhere but the active presence of God is not everywhere. The presence of God is activated around us when we thirst for him. For example, if you pour sugar on the floor you attract ants. So also, when you live your daily life with God in mind, you attract His active presence. Whether you are a doctor or a stay home mum, you can activate God’s presence by thinking and desiring him. This opens us up to the whole world of serving God in ministry.
First, we are to minister to God with our spirit and then we are to minister to God physically. Both require spending time with God. Please note, there is a difference between spending time with God and for God. Both are giving time to God but are different. The time you spend with God is time you invest in your relationship with God. This time is for the intimacy with him and the development of your faith in His love for you and to experience His presence. The time you spend for God is the time you spend doing His work, telling and showing the world around you about His love and how to experience His presence. This is expressed in your lifestyle by being His ambassador and messenger. Majority spend time for God and this is great but there is a greater need to spend time with God. Remember the story of Mary and Martha? You cannot serve God effectively with an empty heart. Your heart is charged when you spend time with God. What you have in your heart is discharged when you work for Him.
For Further Study
Personal declaration for the day
I am committed to giving God my best and the first no matter what it takes!
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you know that by reading this devotion you are spending time with God?
How do you feel about that God wants to spend time with you?