And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Enoch, because so little is written about him in the Bible, yet there’s so much we can take away from the life that he lived.
Over the past several years of serving the Lord, my desires have changed the closer to Him that I draw. How many times have I prayed “Lord, let me do great things for you! Let me prophesy, let me heal, let me serve you!” How wrong I was to focus on such things! Even Judas, who betrayed Jesus, was given “power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons” (Mark 3:15).
Many will say to Him “Did we not do these wonders in Your name?”, but will not enter the kingdom (Matt. 7:22). False christs and false prophets will perform signs and wonders, deceiving many, but the Bible says it’s by their fruit you will know them, their character and the content and outcome of their teachings, not the miracles and wonders they perform. All of this leads me to the story of Enoch, of whom it’s said that “he did not see death, ‘and was not found, because God had taken him’; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Heb. 11:5).
Enoch walked with God, and pleased Him, therefore he was taken before he saw death. This should be our great desire, to walk with God and to please Him. No matter if I heal thousands or none at all. No matter if I prophesy daily, or never again. No matter if all that’s remembered of me is that “he pleased God” and nothing more.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.