Enoch walked steadily with God. And then one day he was simply gone: God took him. Genesis 5:24, THE MESSAGE
How did Enoch walked with God for three hundred years, and consistently too? That’s the obvious question.
There’s no coercion. And he didn’t get lost, and left alone with God. He chose to walk with God. He woke up every day to do it. Yet, he was as human as we are. It makes me wonder, in each 24 hours, how many times did he stumble?
He probably covered more grounds on some days than he did on others. And I won’t take it that he didn’t get distracted at some points too. However, in spite of anything that could’ve been against him, he did it – one step after the other.
Still, how did he do it?
Let’s bring things a couple of thousand years closer and we have a hint from John the Baptist – ‘He must increase, but I must decrease,’ (John 3:30, NKJV). We can’t say that Enoch inspired John, but also can’t say that he didn’t, right?
Why must there be a decrease of me and an increase of Him? It’s giving Him what has been His all along. It’s accepting that we’ve wrongfully occupied the throne of our lives, that we’re giving it back to the one it belongs to and that’s so that we won’t be in the way of ‘…the fullness of Him who fills all in all,’ (Eph 1:23, NKJV).
We have more in one of the letters – ‘And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you,’ (James 4:8, TLB). The closer we go to God, the more He increases and we decrease. We shouldn’t stop, we should aim for the point where there will be none of us and all of Him. It won’t happen in a day – it took Enoch 300 years. But one step at a time, we’ll get there one day.