time with God'

Sunday Reflection

30th August 2020

'then he was no more'

5 'Enoch walked faithfully with God;
   then he was no more,
   because God took him away.'
   ... Genesis 5:24

Why is it that sometimes,
as I am about to settle down to my prayer time,
my mind is invaded by 'things-to-do'?
Washing needs to go into the machine,
the dog needs fresh water,
an email I've forgotten to send,
the list goes on.

I try not to, but occasionally I succumb;
I become Martha instead of Mary,
and it all began with what
seemed to be a harmless decision.

'I'll just send that email first,'

I said to myself.
Soon one email turns into many
which created a never ending cycle
of tackling other things that appeared to be urgent.

An hour on and I get back to my time with God;
fortunately, this does not happen too often -
but more often than it should!
Yet I imagine God looking down,
not in disappointment but with an extended hand,
offering me an invitation to come
and spend time with him.
He does this with all of us.

This is the invitation Enoch accepted often
because Genesis 5:24 describes him as one who

'walked faithfully with God.'

Given that Enoch was a mere human being
this is a fascinating verse.
Enoch was the son of Jared (Gen 5:18)
and father of Methuselah (Gen 5:21);
not to be confused with Cain's son Enoch (Gen 4:17)

Genesis is the first place where we see the extreme distinction
between God and man.
Man is considered common and of low degree.
God is 'Elohim', sovereign and all-powerful.

Yet Enoch's relationship with God
was one where he walked in step with his creator.
He did not walk behind God,
following submissively
nor did he walk in front of God,
moving without his authority and backing.
Enoch accompanied God.

This would require him
to keep pace with God the Father.
Can you imagine keeping pace with God spiritually,
I think we'd all be struggling to keep up
if God did not adjust his pace to ours.

The interaction between God and Enoch
was not religious,

filled with regimented rituals and routines.
What they had was a genuine friendship.
God loved Enoch so much that
the second half of the verse
tells us

God simply took Enoch away.

He lived 365 years before he was taken by God.
Enoch never had to experience the ordeal of death.
He simply was and then he was no more.
This is a beautiful picture
of what a relationship with God can be.

We too, though common and of low degree,
can have this same type of relationship
with our all-powerful, ever-present God.

We can walk with him through our deepest valleys
and highest mountain tops.
His invitation is always open for us;
we have the privilege and honour
of walking step by step with God our Father.
This requires that we choose him
over every competing distraction.
We, like Enoch,
are invited to spend time with our loving,
unchanging God.

5 'By faith Enoch was taken from this life,
   so that he did not experience death:
  "He could not be found,
   because God had taken him away."
   For before he was taken,
   he was commended as one who pleased God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God,
   because anyone who comes to him
   must believe that he exists
   and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.'
   ... Heb. 11:5-6

There are lessons
to be learned in the life of Enoch.

* Walk in the light - By walking with God,
   Enoch was walking in the light.

"And there shall be no night there;
and they need no candle,
neither light of the sun,
for the Lord God giveth them light:
and they shall reign for ever and ever."
   ... Revelation 22:5.

Jesus is the Light. John 1:4-7.

* Walk in the truth -
  "Enoch was a man of strong and highly cultivated mind
   and extensive knowledge;
   he was honoured with special revelations from God;
   yet being in constant communion with Heaven."
   Patriarchs and Prophets, E. G. White, p. 85.

* Walk in fellowship -
  Enoch's spiritual communion and fellowship
  grew as the years went by.
  The fellowship that Enoch enjoyed with God
  was not an off-and-on thing,
  but rather an ongoing way of life.

What a splendid walk!
A walk of three hundred and sixty five years!
His walk was not a run, a jump, a leap, a sprint,
but a steady and continued constant walk.
He heart was in harmony with God's will.

God wants us to enjoy life,
but He also wants us to live for Him,
and be ready for when Jesus comes again.

Are we looking up?
Let's enjoy life, but anticipate heaven.