Need to Please
Day: 5 | Plan: Genesis
Today's Reading: Genesis 5
Genesis 5:24 (NIV) "Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”
In this fifth chapter of Genesis we are given the record of families from Adam to Noah. Genealogies aren’t always something that we get excited about, but please linger over this section. Family trees are rich proof of God’s faithfulness to His people. And tucked in this list in Genesis 5 is a man named Enoch.
What we know about Enoch is light in quantity, heavy in quality. He is mentioned in only a few verses, but the writer of Hebrews tells us Enoch pleased God. And because Enoch pleased God, he didn’t experience death. Genesis says, “God took him away” (Genesis 5:24).
The concept of being taken away baffles scholars. No one is really sure what that means. But here’s what I know. The writer of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 11:5 that Enoch was “one who pleased God.” The next verse gives us more insight into that pleasing, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).
So with faith it is possible to please God. Genesis says Enoch walked with God. The Hebrew word for walk is “halak” and is used to describe ongoing intimacy with God. Putting these verses together we learn something important about Enoch: Walking faithfully, intimately with God pleases Him.
Do you want to please God? Then stay in step with Him. Walk where He would walk. Spend time with Him in His Word. And do it all faithfully—day in and day out even if it’s difficult.
This is another lesson from the life of Enoch. He walked with God during a time and in a culture that had turned from God, seeking their own pleasures and fame. Remember, this was before the flood, which represented God’s judgment against wicked generations. Few followed God back then, and Enoch was part of the few.
Yes, Scripture may give us little detail about Enoch, but knowing he was faithful teaches us much about how to please God.
Prayer: Dear God, I want to please You with my life. I want to be found a faithful follower walking in step with You. Help me see You, to walk where You would walk, linger where You would linger and love those You would love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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