WEEK 3, DAY 1 OF COME, LORD JESUS, COME – (A LOVE GOD GREATLY STUDY)
TODAY’S READING: Genesis 5:21-24; Hebrews 11:5 (SOAP: Hebrews 11:5)
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God.Hebrews 11:5 NET
OBSERVATIONS: What does GOd Reveal
Very little is said about Enoch in the Scriptures, but it is clear by these few words that in the crooked and perverse generation in which Enoch lived – he chose a different path. His path was not the way of the world but the way of God – which, as the author of Hebrew writes, pleased God. The question is, how did he please God? Clearly, as Hebrews 11:5 points out, he was motivated by his faith. As a result the following observations jumped off the page at me – first,
Enoch is proof that faith is powerful.
God works on behalf of, and in accordance with our faithMe-from the Inside-out
Applying this: How Then do we live
What do we want our relationship with God to be like? I believe our answer to this question will ultimately determine how we apply this passage to our lives. As I was thinking about how to personally answer the question, my mind was flooded with the chorus of a favorite old hymn, that says, “and He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own – and the joy I feel as we tarry there – none other has ever known.” I knew immediately this beautifully descriptive chorus was my answer. I want a one on one, let’s walk and talk, relationship with God. I want to feel the joy as we linger together, longing not to let anyone or anything separate us. Without question this leaves me wanting to imitate Enoch’s choice to walk with God by faith and seek to please Him.
Prayer RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD
Father, Please help me to walk by faith and not by sight. Help my faith in You to motivate my thoughts, words, and deeds. Let my faith be purposeful and unshakable! So that when others see me or hear me they will see You and the light that comes from Your presence in me – In Jesus’ name – Amen!
YOUR TURN: REFLECTIONS
How did Enoch’s life please God?
What does this teach us about how we should live our lives?