When Enoch was 65 years old, he became the father of Methuselah.
After the birth of Methuselah, Enoch lived in close fellowship with God for another 300 years, and he had other sons and daughters.
Enoch lived 365 years,walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.
Something about this Man Enoch that God chose to significantly mention this as part of the Human history.
A significant milestone to be mentioned....Hmmm Thats really something.
I believe everyone gets to meet God in their lives in various ways, through a prayer answered, through a strong sense of will to do something that no one dared to do but you found the strength to do through Christ!
But here something different about Enoch was that he found God and he never let him go!!
Never Let Him Go!!
Wow.. thats amazing, he was so enchanted, captivated by God that he lived in close fellowship with Him for all the days of his Life.
We all have experienced the Love of Christ in many ways since he found us. But sooner or later we drift away.
As the word says in
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life,the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
All these three highlighted issues are just hitting at one aspect:- Whether we truly Love God more than Anything at all?
The devil you see is in the process of negating everything God says "IS", he rebelliously says "IS NOT".
Few verses on how to combat worry:-
Wealth deceitfully promises you can buy anything you want with money. Though yes you can buy many tangible things, the things that you can see with your eyes and taste with your mouth but the peace, love and comfort of the soul, intangible they may be but are the ones that truly give you rest. And thats what God promises in his word!
God never promised that storms will not come but he will give us the strength to overcome every storm.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Infact I challenged the devil.. You can bring storms a many...you can even kill me.. But remember the story was not over for lazarus when he died, but the Voice of the One who created this universe will speak forth and I shall Live!!!
I got this strange sense of strength that enabled to me challenge the enemy.And you can only say that while you are humbled at the feet of Christ!
Because when you look at the mighty God in all his spelndor and you see the adversary, you are not worried, you are not scared.Stephen was not, even as it rained stones, the glorious sight of Christ was more real than the stones that hit him.
It was not over for Shedrach,Meshach and Abednego when they were put into the Fire and its not over for anyone who puts their trust in Christ. For Jesus promised,
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."
If you wonder why that should be so...
why does the storm even have to come in the first place???
Well we dont have much of an option after we rejected God at Eden and followed our own sinful desires since the time of Adam. We left Eden and now God wants to restore us to Eden, not to a place called Eden, but to the very place where Adam lived in close fellowship with God. And for this he promises, that as we call upon him and as we wait upon the salvation yet to be revealed, he will gather us under his arms.
how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings
1 Peter 1:5
who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
So let us put to death the misdeeds of our body, so we might live by the Spirit of the one who called us with a Holy Calling.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.