Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him. (Gen 5:23-24 NLT)
Enoch’s rapture has been a wonder to many down through the ages. So rarely has something like this happened that it’s almost beyond our ability to believe. ‘How’ it happened and ‘when’ it happened we’re not told. But we do know ‘why’ it happened. Scripture says that Enoch was taken because ‘he pleased God.’
It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Heb 11:5-6 NLT)
How did Enoch please God? The Bible says that it was his faith that made him so special. Enoch not only believed that there was a God, he also believed that God had special things in store for those who walked closely with Him. Therefore Enoch walked with God.
Scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please God. As we close today, consider some of the precious promises that you and I should believe:
“The LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11)
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:1, 5)
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10)
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23)
“The LORD preserveth the faithful…” (Psalm 31:23)
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Enoch believed God; therefore, he pleased God. May the same be said of each of us today.