A Heart Like Enoch!

2 Chron 16v9

A few years ago, buried in a rambling geneology in Genesis 5, I discovered Enoch.

Enoch lived sixty-five years and became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.  So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years….

This is pretty much the standard pattern for a biblical genealogy:

  • The name of the father
  • The number of years they lived before the birth of their first born son.
  • The name of their first born son
  • The total number of years they lived.

Job done and on it goes – each record ending with the dismal words:

“And he died.”

Deep joy.

But wait a minute.  There’s something different about Enoch’s account…have you ever noticed it?  It’s in verse 24:

Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Excuse me, can you say that again?

Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

There’s nothing here about anyone dying.  Enoch simply “was not”.  He was here one moment, gone the next!  The footnotes in my bible suggest that Enoch did not taste death, but went straight to heaven to be with God!  Wow!

So what did he do differently?  Well, the only clue that we’re given is that “He walked with God.”

We were created to walk and talk with God, just as Adam and Eve did before the fall.

I felt so stirred when I read this!

Enoch must have pleased God’s heart so much, that he just kind of by-passed death.  I cant say I fully understand what happened to Enoch – and I don’t think I’m meant to.  Because that’s not the point of the story.  I think the main lesson to be learned, is that God really wants our company.

My relationship with God is meant to be the MAIN THING in my life.  It’s not some kind of added extra –   Oh Hi, I’m Angie, I’ve got red hair and green eyes and I’m married to Nathan…oh and I’m a Christian – no way!   That’s settling for something far less than what’s on offer.

God is there to be experienced!  We can walk and talk with Him…like Enoch did.  We can encounter the Living God.  What are we waiting for?   Like David, I want my heart’s cry to be this:

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple – Psalm 27:4

God is after our hearts.  I believe in these dark days, He is calling us to come up higher – to climb the mountain of His presence.  And where else would I rather be, when one day in His courts is better than a thousand elsewhere…?

Chronicles 16:9 says that “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the earth, seeking those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.

The pure in heart shall see God.  Those whose have a heart like Enoch!