by Ami Hendrickson
By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn’t see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God. Enoch walked with God, and he was not found, for God took him.
Hebrews 11:5, Genesis 5:24
Enoch was Adam’s great-great-great-great grandson.
According to the chronology in Genesis 5, Adam was 622 years old when Enoch was born. (Genesis 5:5 tells us Adam died at the ripe old age of 930.)
It is entirely possible that little Enoch sat on Adam’s knee and heard firsthand about naming the animals, talking face-to-face with the Creator, and other stories about what Earth had been like before sin tainted it.
Enoch was also Noah’s great-grandfather, which means he was alive when sin ran so rampant that “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was continually only evil” (Genesis 6:5b).
Though humanity was so evil that God regretted making people, Enoch was the exception. He had faith in the God of his fathers. He put that faith into action – finding ways to commune with God, to stay close to Him, no matter how bad the people were around him. And God rewarded Enoch’s devotion, translating him into a heavenly being without ever seeing death.
Never underestimate the power you can have in someone else’s life. Take every opportunity to introduce someone to their Creator.
Spend time every day walking with the God of the universe whose love for you make you “well pleasing” in His eyes.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please walk with me every step of my journey.
Help me to tell others about the wonderful things You have done for me.
May my words and actions be well pleasing to You.
In Jesus’ Holy Name, I pray, Amen.