When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methusela. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
I used to feel very un-Christianlike when I would cringe as I would hear people talk about how they wanted Jesus to come back quickly. I would nod in agreement, but inside I was asking him to take his time because I still had stuff I wanted to accomplish and experience in this world.
When I was in college I wanted to get married and experience having a husband. Then after I was married I wanted to have kids and get to be a mom. Then I became a mom and I wanted to experience raising kids and teaching them about God. Now, as I’m smack in the middle of that, I want to have grandkids and live a long happy life.
These days though I don’t cringe when people say that. I actually nod in agreement and beg God to end this all and send Jesus back. Things are different now for me. I’m not sure if it’s the camp counselors abusing children that has changed my heart. Or it could be the 30 year old mom fighting for her life from cancer. It could be watching my son and wondering if he’ll get cancer one day. Or it could be watching my son struggle to trust and love because he didn’t have the best start in life. Or just maybe it’s hearing of another person we know cheat on their spouse. All of these things are making me hate this world and all it has to offer.
I read about Enoch and of course it stood out to me that he never died. That it says, he was not, for God took him, when every other person in chapter 5 is listed as dying. That stood out to me, but something else struck me too. Every other person listed lived well over 700 years. Enoch lived 365 years. A short life in those days.
As far as we know, God didn’t take him on his death bed. Enoch more than likely missed out on a few great-great-great-grandkids. He more than likely didn’t accomplish all that he thought he would. In the world’s eyes he was shorted a lot of valuable life.
BUT he walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
I would give up watching my kids grow up and seeing them get married and giving me grandchildren if it meant being with Jesus. None of those things matter to me anymore, because this world is cruel and not my home.
I would chose Jesus over grandchildren. I’m sure Enoch didn’t mind missing out on some of his grandchildren because he walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
Oh to be with God. I pray that I will be a person that walks with God.
We had a similar discussion in WDP this year as we studied Philippians. Paul was content in living however long God wanted him to, but he also desperately wanted to be with Jesus. He knew Jesus was better than everything. We talked about the same things you said, how we have so much we want to experience, but also how much evil there is in the world. In the end we just wanted to see the face of Jesus.
YES. Thank you.