Hebrews 11:5

“By faith, Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken, he was commended as having pleased God.”

We do not have details as to how Enoch pleased God, but we do know that Enoch walked with God for three hundred years. The understanding here is that walking with God is another way to say that Enoch was faithful. Our verse credits faith as the cause of Enoch’s being taken from the earth to be with God. We see the importance of faith in all of history’s dealings with God. The presence or absence of faith is always the tipping point. So important is that fact, that the next verse will be added to Enoch’s story to prove the point.

Having faith, walking with God, is the key to pleasing God. As we read about each of the heroes of faith, we will understand that each of them pleased God with their faith. They were required to walk with God in different ways and faced different challenges, but each made this hall of fame roll because what they did they did by faith and that pleased God. Having faith is pleasing God.

As to the mystery of Enoch, we have only the Biblical record. That record tells us that Enoch did not die of natural causes but was taken from earth to heaven by God. One day Jesus is returning, and He will take all who are pleasing God back to heaven with Him. Enoch is proof that it can be done. Think about it, be pleasing to God, and you have assured an oneway ticket to heaven.

Task for Today: Faith. Obedience. Pleasing God. This is your task for today. They are all one and the same in a way. There is no true faith without obedience, and there is no pleasing God without faith. Today make sure your steps are alongside God’s. Walk with Him. If you do, one day, you can walk right into heaven.

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