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Story of Enoch and Faith

In the book of Genesis there was a man named Enoch. He was the great-grandfather of Noah. He lived before the flood and interestingly he never died, but was taken up to heaven by God, shortly before Noah was born. I’m sure Noah must have heard many stories about his great-grandfather.

“Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” Genesis 5:24

In the book of Hebrews we can better understand why he was taken.

“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:5-6

We can see that Enoch was pleasing to God. However, one should not think that we must be taken up alive to heaven in order to be pleasing to God. Rather that was a result of his being pleasing to God. Instead God found delight in Enoch because of his faith. Hebrews 11:6 is very clear on what it means to have faith, which is to have confidence that God is real and that God will reward us for seeking Him in our life.

When Jesus was on the earth leading the disciples, he would often rebuke his disciples for their lack of faith. When Jesus was asleep on the boat with the disciples and the boat got caught in a storm, the first thing Jesus told them when they awoke Him was, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Matt 8:26. They were in a storm and the storm must have been very strong for them to be scared, because a few of them were sailors. But regardless of how bad it may have seemed, Jesus directs them to remember their God.

In Matt 13:33 we read from the NIV as follows, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” We can take this example that when we lack faith, sometimes we have to work it into our hearts until faith begins to rise in our hearts. As you meditate on who God is and what He is able to do when we seek Him, your faith will begin to grow.