Today’s Reading: Genesis 5:1-7:24, Matthew 3:7-4:11, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19
Genesis 5:24 reads, “Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.“
For much of my adult life, I have been exploring the question, “What is God like?” For the past year, I have attempted to explore the question, “What is the nature of my relationship with God?” Specifically I have focused on the concept of walking with God as it began early in Genesis, where Adam and Eve would walk with God in the paradise of the Garden of Eden.
I’m not planning to post blog entries almost every day this year, as I did in 2018, but I will write from time to time. I would greatly appreciate your response to the scripture reading or my writing if you are following this blog.
What did it mean for Enoch to “walk with God”? It seems to me that Enoch was doing just what God had asked of Adam and Eve and that God was so pleased that He simply took Enoch to live with Him in heaven. I have always understood “God took him” to be a wonderful thing and that Enoch has been able ever since to be with God, enjoying Him for all eternity.
If I “walk with God,” will God take me as well? I have not heard of it happening again since Enoch. The Bible promises that Jesus will return for all who love Him to join Him as His bride in heaven. This will either happen on our death or at his second coming.
When a friend or family member dies young (or, in fact, any time before I am ready), I console myself with the thought, “God took her” or “God took him.” I guess I’ll ask for more information when I get to heaven.