There is an example for us in the Bible of a man who understood himself. He knew why he was born, how he was to live, what his purpose for living was, and who to rely on for all his needs.
This man according to Scripture was one of a handful of men that God Himself loved in a more personal way. What I have just stated makes most of us think of David of whom God said, “ he was a man after Gods own heart.”
David lived a life of extreme sin before his God and before his family and children. David was in a state of continuous need for forgiveness because of the horrible things he did. David relentlessly sought the heart of God and was granted Mercy because of his repentant heart for he knew every Sin he committed was before the eyes of God.
Or, maybe you thought of Noah, a man who lived his life in faith constantly preaching the coming Judgment of God to a world gone mad. Noah loved God and was not ashamed of HIS Name. He stood alone for God before an evil world. His pulpit for 120 years was the Ark of Salvation that God had asked him to build before a people who came not to listen but to Mock God.
Noah was an example to his family as he preached in faith of a coming storm that would bring the world something they had never experienced up to that time. A deluge was coming, a flood that would cover the entire planet. We know it as rain, but it was really the tears of God.
For God was sorry that He had created mankind.
Because Noah had faith in the unseen God and proclaimed HIM to a dying world, God gave HIM the lives of those he loved the most. His wife and children went into the Ark with Noah as the rest of humanity drowned in the tears of God.
It is not Noah, nor David that comes to my mind. Each was special as was Abraham, Moses, Job, Elijah, etc. But it is Enoch that God loved in a more personal way. For it is said of Enoch that, “he walked with God and then was no more”.
Enoch is the second person known in Scripture to have had the honor of a special personal relationship with the Living God. The first was Adam of whom Scripture says, “God walked with Adam in the cool of the day”.
I cannot even imagine what it would be like to walk with the visible God; next to me, walking step for step with me. Adam’s walk began in perfection but ended all too soon because of sin. His walk was supposed to last for eternity, but instead lasted but for a short time.
Enoch loved God with all his heart, mind and soul. Enoch walked in faith, in humility, in compassion for the lost around him, in righteousness and in humbleness. He did this in a time and among people who lived only for fulfilling their own passions and desires.
The name Enoch means, “Teacher”. Enoch understood himself. He knew why he was born, how he was to live. He knew what his purpose for living was and who he could rely on for all his needs.
Enoch knew God intimately. Enoch walked with God, not in a perfect garden but in a fallen world that the Scripture said, was continually evil. A world so evil, that the heart and mind of every human being was focused on depravity all the time.
Enoch walked in a world without light, in utter darkness. Yet, the light of God lighted every step of the path that Enoch took as Enoch took the Hand of God and boldly walked into the darkness.
Enoch stood alone for God everywhere he went. You see Enoch was filled with the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of God and so his name defined him as a teacher. He was a teacher anointed by God to go forth and proclaim HIM to a fallen world.
So Enoch stood in the Gap for God at the office, at the client, in the restaurant, in the bar, in his neighbor’s home, at the family gatherings but most of all, before everyone he loved.
Everything Enoch stood for had its foundation in the Truth about God. And so it should also be with each of us. We can be a little like: David….a man after Gods own heart. Or Noah…a man of great faith, called to preach the word of God.
Or like Enoch, a gentle teacher called to impart the Truth of Gods Word to all those who would listen. Enoch still a sinner, received Mercy and Grace from His maker. He lived his entire life openly before all people sharing his faith in the God with whom he chose to walk all the way to heaven.
I am thankful that I try but fail to be a man after Gods own heart. I am thankful that I try to tell people, even though it generally falls on deaf ears about the Truth of God and their need to prepare for the coming judgment.
I am thankful that I try to live every day for God. More often than not I fail to do so. You see I am not a David, or a Noah and certainly not an Enoch. But like them, I am a Sinner, saved by God’s Grace, through Faith Alone, through Christ Alone.
What I am thankful for is God’s Mercy to me and that He sent His Son to die on that Cross for me. He left me a helper who lives inside of me so when I am weak He is Strong.
And finally I am thankful that the passion that burns within me is to share the Messiah of Israel, the Christ of Christmas with all of you and anyone else that God brings me an opportunity to speak with.
I am truly humbled by Gods ability to use cracked pots of clay for His Glory. We do our best to derail HIS purposes. But still His Will gets done in our lives as He arranges meetings in time between His seed planters and the hearts of those whom He has pre-destined to receive the seeds.
May you all Praise God from whom all Blessings flow. May you all give HIM GLORY and HONOR and PRAISE because He is in control of it all…and for that I am very thankful.