Sometimes, something really strikes a chord. You just stop, and with your mouth hanging open, stare at nothing in particular, while your mind tries to digest it all. It seems that all of a sudden, there is too much to take in. And so it was with me just a few minutes ago, while reading an email that made reference to Enoch.
Enoch walked in close fellowship with God. For over 300 years, he had an Intimate relationship with God, Genesis 5:21-24. He was the great, great, great, great, grandson of Adam. Verse 24 says He had ‘close fellowship’ with God. And then it says, at age 365, Enoch was no more, because God took him!
This was hundreds, or more like thousands, of years before the day of pentecost in the second chapter of acts, yet Enoch had cultivated as close a relationship with God as any man ever has done, with the exception of Jesus’ union with his Father.
Wow. I don’t even know if I can comprehend this level of oneness with God. My mind is so completely boggled by this, I’m almost speechless. And to top it all off, God was so pleased with this guy, He just kind of ‘beamed him up’ at age 365. What???!!!
Since without faith, it’s Impossible to please God, (Hebrews 11:6), We at least know that some faith was Involved. I surmise it was a fairly great faith, but there must be so much more to it than this. And as we have received the In-filling of the Holy Spirit, we should, at least in theory, have an Inkling of what it consists of. If Enoch had the ability to be so close to God, then so do we. More so actually, because of our relationship with His son. We just need to do what Enoch did.
Enoch did have a few advantages. There was no TV, movies, Internet, major league sports, or planes or cars, etc. Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with any of this ‘stuff’ in and of itself. But it IS a distraction Enoch did not have to contend with. And we need to step away from it, if we expect to hear from God. It’s in the quiet moments I have been consumed by the Love of God. Not just a mushy feeling, but the honest knowledge of His Love. And it’s in the quiet moments that heart to heart communication has occurred with the most clarity and purpose.
I want what Enoch had. I pray that you do too. Let’s press in, and give it all we’ve got. We may not have 365 years to get there.