“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.”
The story of Enoch is seemingly pretty short and straightforward, but he DID make it into the Hebrews Hall of Faith. So, how? His story is simple but powerful and is applicable to our lives and faith today.
To understand what’s going on in the passage, it helps to read the rest of Genesis 5. Basically, Genesis 5 lists out a bunch of men that lived a long time, fathered sons and then died. Enoch’s “section” in the book is a little different in two specific ways. In all of the other men listed, the genealogy includes “and then he died”. Enoch’s, as you can see, does not. Instead, the passage says that Enoch was taken away by God. Enoch did not simply die; God was in the picture. The other thing that is different is that it is pointed out that Enoch walked faithfully with God. Though we aren’t given that much detail in this specific passage, the connection here is obvious. Because Enoch’s life was marked by his faithfulness and closeness to God, the end of his life on earth was different than those who did not.
To walk faithfully with God means to live your life in relationship Him no matter what. To be in relationship with God means to know Him, to have conversation with Him, to spend time with Him. So how does faith play into all of this? Like us, I’m sure Enoch had some really bad days and moments where he doubted that God was for him. But by his faith, Enoch kept doing his life with God. Enoch trusted that what God had for him was better and more worth it than anything else. Enoch had no reason to fear death because God would be near to him, just as He had been his entire life. Because of his faith, he did not die, but he went with God.
Real Life Application
Every bit of this story applies to us today! When it comes to faith, it’s pretty simple. It all starts with believing in God and trusting that He is will do what He says He is going to do. But in order to have and build your faith, you must intimately know God. Not just know about Him, but know Him. Each and every one of us has access to knowing God and growing continually in our knowledge of Him. So start doing it! Ask God to show you where he is in your day-to-day. Begin to take your worries and thoughts to Him. Ask him to increase your faith and your trust. Set aside time to be with God and get to know Him. As we know Him, we trust Him.
Jesus, show me what it means to live a life of faith. Teach me to walk with you more and more. Increase my trust and faith in you. Amen