Devotional: ‘Swept Away 0n Angel’s Wings’

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Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him. (Gen 5:23-24 NLT)

What better thing could be said of someone than that they walk closely with God? Scripture says that Enoch’s walk with God was so real that one day God took him to heaven. I remember hearing an old preacher once describing this event like this – ‘At the close of every day, Enoch and God took a stroll together. One evening they got caught up in their conversation and ended up walking a long way. The Lord said to His friend, “It seems that tonight we’re closer to My home than to yours. Why not come and stay with Me?” And with those words, Enoch was suddenly swept away on angel’s wings.

Without a doubt Enoch’s walk with the Lord must have been something very special. Though he had no Bible to read, Enoch knew much more about many of God’s mysteries than most of the Old Testament prophets. The book of Jude tells us that Enoch even knew about the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. (See Jude 14-15) How and when did this ancient man learn these deep Bible truths?

A part of Enoch’s walk with God involved his willingness to learn and to listen. The Bible refers to those who – “meditate in God’s Word day and night.”[1] In a world full of noise and busyness, it is often very difficult to take time to be silent. Yet learning to listen to God as He speaks is a very important part of developing a deeper relationship with Him. Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says…”[2] The Spirit is always speaking to us. The question is – ‘Do we have spiritual ears to hear Him?’

In addition to the need of being silent before God, there is also the need for us to talk with Him. The Bible says – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Solomon wrote that there is ‘a time to be silent and a time to speak…’ [3]

Though scripture doesn’t give us a lot of detail about Enoch’s walk with God, we can be sure that it involved both listening and sharing. Enoch and God became close friends. I pray that his example will be an encouragement to us all. Who knows, maybe God will also sweep us away one day on angel’s wings.

 

[1] Psalm 1:2

[2] Revelation 2:11

[3] Ecclesiastes 3:7

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