Fresh Hope – 5th December 2017

Even seasoned Christians probably haven’t heard a lot about the Bible hero, Enoch. Unlike some of the more famous characters of the Bible, Enoch didn’t lead an army into battle, he didn’t stand before kings, nor was he persecuted for his faith. So what was he known for?
‘Enoch enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life’ (Genesis 5:24). What a thing to be known for!

What does it really mean to be “walking with God”? I remember during my years at university, my friend Rachel and I would get up at 6am, grab our Bibles and go for walks together. Although the exercise was of benefit, the real prize was the time we spent together and therefore the friendship we cultivated. We began to love starting our days together and the day just didn’t seem quite right if we didn’t start it with a morning of walking and talking! Now there is unfortunately a geographical distance that separates us so we don’t get that time together like days gone by. With God, distance is never a problem! We can have constant intimacy with God, the ability to connect with Him at any point in our day, and therefore the opportunity for growth in our friendship with Him.

The blessing of Enoch’s close walk with God spilled over into generations after him. Did you know that Enoch was the father of Methuselah? Methuselah was the oldest person mentioned in the Bible – he lived to be 969 years old! I believe that in Enoch having a beautiful, close friendship with God, he would have gained incredible wisdom that his children would have reaped from.

The heart of the apostle Paul was also for deeper companionship with Christ, ‘For my determined purpose is that I may know him – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly’ (Philippians 3:10, Amplified).

Naturally the more we get to know someone, the more we trust them. If a stranger on the street came up and asked you for your credit card PIN number, we would never hand over the details because we don’t know this person! If our spouse on the other hand requested personal information, we wouldn’t hesitate because we know them and therefore trust them. If we are struggling to trust God with our lives, perhaps it is because we don’t know Him. Maybe we need to work on our developing our friendship with Him first!

Let constant companionship with God be the ambition of our lives. After all, the very reason Christ died was so we could have fellowship with Him!

Genesis 5:21-24

“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Emma Montesi

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