Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Taken Out of this World

by Gregory A. Johnson

By illustrators of the 1728 Figures de la Bible, Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, published by P. de Hondt in The Hague in 1728 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
God took Enoch
For many years, it has been popular to trace a family’s ancestry back as far as one can go. There are many resources available now, including the Internet, which makes information for genealogical research more readily available.

The genealogy of Noah is given in Genesis 5:1-32 of the Bible and traces all the way back to Adam. It is interesting to note that after stating the name of each ancestor and years of his life, it is always stated that the individual died, except in one instance—Enoch. It does not state that Enoch died, but instead it says “God took him.”

Enoch was close to God, and God enjoyed his company very much. They would walk with each other every day. I imagine God waited for Enoch to awaken each day so they could spend time together. One day, God just took Enoch into His presence to be with Him for all eternity. Enoch bypassed death.

God has made a way for us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ. We can walk with Him every day, and one day He will take us to be with Him forever. God taking Enoch typifies the great gathering in the sky with the LORD that is to come for Christ-followers.

Beloved, as you follow Christ, you walk with God. We can walk with Him every day. God loves your company so much that one day, as you follow Christ, He will take you to be with Him for all eternity. The best is yet to come!

Scripture:
“Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24).

Prayer:
Father, I thank you for eternal life with you that is afforded through Jesus Christ. The great gathering with Him in the sky, as declared in your Word, could happen today. We could experience today what Enoch experienced many years ago — to be taken away with you. Help me to stay focused on that which is to come while never losing sight of the One I follow—Jesus Christ. I’ve been distracted before, and I desire not to be distracted again. Help me keep my eyes fixed on Jesus today. I pray it in His name. Amen.

Excerpted from the book, Be Encouraged: A Daily Devotional, Volume 1 by Gregory A. Johnson. Copyright © 2012 by Gregory A. Johnson. All rights reserved.

Know that you are loved,
gaj

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