[Enoch] enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life. Then suddenly, he disappeared because God took him. - Genesis 5:24
Enoch was a faithful friend of God. He was in constant touch with him (Genesis 5:24). The King James Version renders this verse, “Enoch walked with God.” Another word for that is “fellowship.” His consistency in his fellowship with God gives us something to think about! In the end, after he had lived 365 years, he was favored by being taken to heaven in a supernatural way.
“He disappeared because God took him” (Genesis 5:24). The King James Version says, “He was not.” One moment he “was”—the next he “was not.” It was as if these two—God and Enoch—had taken so many walks together through life, talking and delighting in each other, that one day as they walked along, God said to Enoch, “It’s late; why don’t you come home to my house tonight?” And they walked right on home! To be fruitful, faithful, and favored in such a way shows us what true friendship with God is all about.
Do we enjoy such closeness with God? Walking with God speaks of a commonality, a communion, an easy, conversational “walk” with our Creator on the road of life. It involves being honest with our heavenly Companion. Hurt feelings must be discussed, misunderstandings laid on the table. Fellowship means warmth of understanding and an interest in the thoughts and feelings of another. When we walk together with God all our days, we’ll find ourselves walking right on home.
For Further Study: Genesis 5:18-32
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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