“He enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life.” – Genesis 5:24, NLT
For the past several years, I’ve made a habit of reading through the entire Bible. That daily discipline has been instrumental in my developing a deep passion for God’s Word. Every morning I pray, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law (Psalm 119:18, NIV).” I ask God to show me something new from these familiar passages, and He always does.
Today’s Scripture was Genesis 4-7. As I read chapter 5, I found myself skimming. It goes somewhat like this: “So and so lived x number of years and had x number of children.” However, hidden in the middle of this geneaology is a treasure, a man by the name of Enoch.
The NIV says, “Enoch walked with God (5:22, 5:24).” Just by those words, you know Enoch was upright. He was a good man, no doubt well-respected by those around him. However, look at how the NLT describes Enoch:
“Enoch lived…in close fellowship with God (v. 22).”
“He enjoyed a close relationship with God throughout his life (v. 24).”
That takes it to a whole new level. Enoch didn’t just follow God’s rules. He loved God, and God loved him. They were life-long friends! Oh, how I long for this to be my experience!
How did Enoch do it? How did he come to know God in such an intimate way? The Bible doesn’t say, but I believe it was as simple as this:
He believed God.
He praised God.
He thanked God.
He obeyed God.
He worshiped God.
If you and I want to grow closer to the Lord this year, we have to read the Bible on a regular basis. It’s how we learn who God is and how much He desires daily communion with us. As we study Scripture, we can’t help but respond as Enoch must have – in continual awe and reverence!
My prayer for you in 2013 is that you will live in close fellowship with God. May you find overwhelming joy in His presence and be filled with His power, to the glory of His great Name!