The fifth chapter of the Book of Genesis identifies the descendants of Adam. Notice as the genealogy is written, each descendant of Adam “lived” and then “died.” However, the Holy Spirit illuminates the seventh from Adam (Enoch). What makes him different from the rest of the descendants of Adam is the focus of this message. Enoch simply did not live and then die. Enoch “walked” with God and then was taken away. This means that he was taken by God to a better place without dying. Now, how this happened can strengthen our faith if we can follow three lessons from Enoch’s life.
It is written, “Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God three hundred years after the birth of Methuselah and had other sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And [in reverent fear and obedience] Enoch walked with God; and he was not [found among men], because God took him [away to be home with Him],” (Genesis 5:22-24, AMP).
The first lesson that Enoch teaches us is to walk by faith and in agreement with God. Walking by faith means that we are focusing on a life of godliness (walking with God), which shows reconciliation to God. For two cannot walk together except they agree on it (Amos 3:3). When we can truly focus on godliness (walking by faith), we will always put God first instead of putting ourselves first. We act in a manner of reverence knowing that He is always watching over us. To focus on this “walk” means that we need to be “consistent” with God. Enoch shows us this because he “walked” with God for 300 years. If focusing on godliness for 300 years does not show us consistency, I do not know what else will.
The second lesson we learn from Enoch is to be fully obedient to God’s will. Enoch could have acted like his other siblings, however, he decided from a young age to be different. Due to this, God removed him from this world and took him home with Him. This was due to the lack of transgressions Enoch had against God (Hebrews 11:5). His obedience glorified God and God rewarded Him for it. You see, God will always reward the obedience of His children in one way or another. However, we must never forget that it is always according to His will and not our own. Knowing that God’s word will never fail us, we can wait for His rewards over our lives patently.
The last lesson that we learn from Enoch is to make God the joy of our life. When we can make God the joy of our lives, we can walk accordingly to His will. Our selfish ambitions will always come second because His love is all that we need. When we get tempted by worldly desires, we can always look up and smile at all the things that God has already done for us. We can find joy in the fact that God loves us so much that He sent us His beloved son, Jesus Christ, to carry the curse of our sins away with Him. Christ’s sacrifice and His love for us should always bring us joy, even when we are in our darkest places. In fact, having true “joy” in our lives is proof that God’s Spirit is within us, and is a fruit of walking with His Spirit.
Ultimately, to “walk” with God is to show an expression of fellowship and obedience that results in God’s favor. Enoch’s walk lasted him 300 years and then God took him away. Such a walk is commanded by God to each and every one of us. You see, we are all to “walk” with God and serve His will on earth until He calls us home. Walking with God means to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), to walk in the light (1 John 1:5-7), and to walk in agreement with Him (Amos 3:3). This allows each and every one of us to focus on our obedience to His will and in finding true joy by walking with Him. At the end of the day, do we want to continue to walk on this world alone or do we want to hear God tell us, “You have pleased me, child, why don’t you just come home with Me instead?” This is the greatest revelation that Enoch could have shown us because if God did it once before, He will do it again. As we apply this message in our lives, I pray that we can all walk by Enoch’s example.