Lesson One | Devotion #5: Enoch
Caleb Combs | Gathering Pastor
The world changer we are going to look at today is Enoch. Enoch was the great grandfather of Noah and is in the line of Jesus. So what makes Enoch a world changer? There are not a lot of examples, events, or things we can look at in the life of Enoch, but what we do have shows us that Enoch had an incredible relationship with God. Hebrews 11:5-6 says, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” The phrase I want you to focus on is “he was commended as having pleased God.” This phrase has incredible meaning. Enoch lived a life that pleased God and others saw that he pleased God. The word commended means “to present, mention, or praise as worthy of confidence or notice” (dictionary.com). So what appearance would this have? How can someone gain the attention of not only the world around him but the Almighty God? The answer is simply given in the above verse – Faith.
Hebrews 11:1-2 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” Enoch had a faith that others noticed and they even talked about it. I am not sure if that faith consisted of occurrences in his life or simply the way he lived his everyday life, each day honoring God and trusting in His plan. Whatever it was, his faith pleased God. That is something for which I want to be known! I want to trust God so much that people around me and most importantly God Himself looks at me and says, “I am pleased with your trust in Me.” I wish I could say that of myself. So many times I struggle in trusting God’s plan or purpose for my life. So often we can become control freaks who are not willing to trust in God’s plan. I heard a pastor say this one time and it has stuck with me, “I wish faith was as easy to live as it is easy to preach.” Faith like Enoch’s is a total trust and hope in the perfect plan of God the Father. This is a built relationship and a constant refinement of our lives.
Enoch lived to be 365 years old, which is way younger than most of his peers who were living to be around 900 years old. However, Enoch did not die. He had such a special relationship with God that God took him straight to Heaven. The book of Genesis gives us a great way to continue shaping and strengthening our faith with the story of Enoch. It says in chapter 5, “Enoch walked with God.” May we have the faith like Enoch that pleases God and others around to see. Remember to trust in the One that we can have hope in every day and to always walk with Him.