Wed., Jan. 19/22
“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Gen. 5:24). If ever there’s a statement to hook a reader to read on that one most certainly qualifies! But… the thing is, there is no next statement! Well, there is, but it’s not about Enoch, it’s about his boy Methuselah’s virility and longevity. Just what happened with Enoch we can only guess.
It’s not till the book of Hebrews in the New Testament that we get a tidbit more, perhaps a hint at the reason for this divine abduction. In chapter 11 we read,
“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‘He could not be found, because God had taken him away.’ For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” (Heb. 11:5-6).
It seems the Almighty just liked Enoch so much that He snatched him up!
But Enoch was not the only one to leave this life uniquely. Elijah was another mystery man of ancient days. He too departed this earth in a most non-traditional manner! You can read his story in 2 Kings 2:1-18, but start back at 1 Kings 17 – this dude’s life story is amazing!.
Many believe these two men will reappear in the last days as the two prophets spoken of in Revelation 11:3-12.
But both of these men were born in the usual manner, both spent early years as children, both hungered, thirsted, loved, and bled. Both experienced temptations, struggled, learned, and grew. Of Elijah, James writes “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours [with the same physical, mental, and spiritual limitations and shortcomings]” (James 5:17, Amplified Bible). They too got wet when it rained, slept at night, and put their tunics on one foot at a time… er, well… you know what I mean.
Why am I going on about these guys? Well, my thought today is this: God uses ordinary people, folk like you and I, to do extraordinary things! Miracles even. Didn’t He say, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12).
Thing is, we must be humble. When we get to the point where we’re willing to just simply “walk faithfully with God,” not caring at all if anyone ever notices, then we will be, as Paul writes Timothy, “instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” (2 Tim. 2:21). To be swept away… swept away with God!
Why not make that your goal today?