Devo Scripture: Genesis 5
Key Verse: “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3 NLT)
Good news. Sometimes we just need a bit of good news. Well today…today I bring you good news. And it’s hidden in a place you might least expect it; in the genealogy of Genesis 5. In fact Genesis 5 is filled with the good news of Jesus Christ from beginning to end, exposing the masterful work of an omnipotent God. Noah means “man.” Seth means “appointed.” Enosh means “subject to death” (or mortal). Kenan means “sorrow.” Mahalalel means “from the presence of God.” Jared means “one comes down.” Enoch means “dedicated.” Methuselah means “dying he will send.” Lamech means “to the poor and lowly.” And Noah means “rest.” All together the meaning behind each name reads: Man appointed subject to death. Sorrow. From the presence of God, One comes down, dedicated. Dying, He shall send to the poor and lowly, Rest.
The gospel. The good news of Jesus Christ embedded in the genealogy of Noah’s ancestors. I am in awe of God. He is sovereign! Why do I fret? Why do I worry? He’s got each and every detail taken care of. Nothing escapes him. Nothing surprises him. Why do I not trust him? He has not forgotten me. He is working. How dare I think he doesn’t care. How dare I think I could do better. He is the Sovereign King of Kings.
Enoch knew this. He not only knew it, he lived it and proclaimed it. Genesis 5:22 says “Enoch walked with God.” This too is good news radiating like a bright ray of sunshine on a gloomy day. Man’s ability to walk with God did not end when Adam and Eve got expelled from the garden. It remains a vibrant possibility. But…“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” (Amos 3:3 NLT) Oh to be able to walk daily with my Creator. To bask in the splendor of his majesty. To fellowship with the one who gives joy. To know the Savior with intimacy. It’s possible! Through the precious blood of Jesus Christ it’s possible. But to walk with the one who is pure and holy and righteous will mean walking away from everything that is not. I either walk in the spirit or in the flesh; with God or with the world. There is no gray area. Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (Luke 11:23).
I long to walk with my Savior daily. I long to know him and be near him. I long to please him. Hebrews 11:5 says Enoch pleased God. What did he do that was so pleasing? He had faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6). Enoch believed God and believed God would reward him for it. I have more good news for you my friend…God rewards those who seek him! The big relentless effort it sometimes takes to walk with God…well it’s worth it. It’s worth taking every thought captive for Christ. It’s worth fleeing sexual immorality. It’s worth taking a stand for that which is right and true. It’s worth making the right decision. “For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield” (Ps. 5:12).
It’s worth it…so let’s dig deeper and meddle in the secret places that keep us from enjoying intimacy with Jesus. What does it mean for you to walk with God today? Maybe it means…
- saying I’m sorry to restore a relationship (He gives grace to the humble; James 4:6)
- forgiving someone who hurt you deeply (experiencing freedom)
- trusting him with your dreams (knowing contentment)
- dying to self (yet truly living)
- staying put/moving on (peace in the moment)
- time in the desert (intimacy with the Savior)
- remaining faithful (joy in the unthinkable)
- speaking truth (honor; 1 Sam. 2:30)
- staying the course (accomplishing the unattainable)
Whatever it takes for you to walk with God…go do it. It’s worth it! No one ever said walking with God would be easy. But that which is gained by keeping step with God is far greater than anything left behind. Undoubtedly Enoch was not a popular man. Jude 14-15 tells us Enoch preached to the people a message of coming judgment. He could not help but speak truth. His aim was to please God, not man. And God was so pleased with Enoch he took him up to Heaven one day so he did not see death (Heb. 11:5) and I smile at the thought that they are still walking together today.
Walk with Jesus! It’s worth it! But don’t do it alone. One of the most beautiful aspects of this genealogy is the length of years. It’s certainly possible the genealogy is selective, with gaps between ancestors; showcasing 10 generations. But for the sake of what God has revealed to us let’s just say there are no gaps. If so then Adam was still alive when Enoch was born. Enoch had 308 years to glean from his great, great, great, great grandfather. And Noah had some incredible mentors while building the Ark. Enoch’s son, Methuselah lived up until the year of the flood. His name literally means “when he dies it will come” or “dying he will send.” The fact that he lived 969 years is a testimony to God’s patience and his desire for man to repent (2 Peter 3:9). “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17, NIV). These men were not alone. Certainly they encouraged one another and so should we.
How do you know if you’re walking with God? Your life will emanate the fruit of the spirit. “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23). And you’ll shine forth brilliantly in a dark world because you’ve been with Jesus (Phil. 2:15). Walk with Jesus! It’s worth it! And shine forth my friends, shine forth.
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