Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:24 ESV)
Enoch (this specific Enoch – as there were others) was the great-grandfather of Noah. Enoch was 4 generations after Enosh. It is recorded in scripture that when Enosh was born people began to call upon the name of the LORD. Noah’s family line was faithful to God from one generation to the next.
I wonder what they talked about. I wonder how they lived and how they worshiped. How did Enoch walk so closely with God that God just took him, presumably to be in heaven with God.
When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.” (Genesis 5:28-29 ESV)
Lamech is Enoch’s grandson. He seemed to prophesy over Noah that God would use Noah to ease their suffering. They had a close relationship with the LORD while they lived in a very wicked world. The men (starting with Cain’s descendants in chapter 4) and Nephilim were taking multiple wives, violence abounded, even the earth was corrupted by men. They had no scriptures, no religious law, no churches to attend. They had simple faith, and this pleased God.
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:8 ESV)
Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9 ESV)
And then we see that God spoke to Noah giving him insight into what God is about to do and specific instructions for Noah to build the ark to be a part of God’s plan – as crazy as it seemed.
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. (Genesis 6:22 ESV)
Faith. Faith built on generations of trust in God. Faith that changed the world.
I think we Christians forget how our God works in the hearts and minds of men. Often we feel that if we don’t tell them how to accept Jesus and how to be a disciple that there is no way that God can save them. Our own arrogance makes us out to be Pharisees. It is God who calls men to Himself. We can only be used by God in part of His plan when we walk with God and do all that He commands us to do, no matter how crazy it seems.
God’s call on my life makes no worldly sense. It has been humbling, challenging, scary, requiring that I sacrifice my will and my desires. But obedience to God’s call also comes with more blessings that you could ever imagine. More joy and peace than anyone deserves. The false trappings of wealth, power, position, or possessions hold nothing in comparison to the life that God wants to give us.
Walk with God. Trust in Him. Do all that He commands you to do. Be encouraged. Read the stories of those who have gone before you. Press on.