Genesis 5: Friendship With God!
Every time I think of my family, I think of my grandparents. Their lives were very different from mine. Their standard of living and their way of understanding life was very different. Their lives do not seem as complicated as life is now. Things appear simpler. I never had a chance to see them because they all died before I was born. In spite of the fact that they were faithful, loving, and caring, they all died before I was born. No matter how good they were, my grandparents did not live long enough for me to see them.
When I read the fifth chapter of Genesis, I am awestruck by the length of life for the sons of Adam and Eve. They lived 700 to 900 plus years. The oldest man of the bunch, Methuselah, lived 969 years. In Genesis, the list of people who lived long lives, there is only one person listed who did not appear to actually die. All others even though they lived so long the author is very clear to say they actually died. No matter how good, bad, holy, unholy, man or woman, he or she died.
But then, there is the exception of Enoch. He was said to have lived 300 years and then he just vanished from the face of the earth. One other person who vanished like was the Prophet Elijah. “As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.” 2 King 2: 11.
The real focus is not on the vanishing but on the “walking faithfully” with God. The scriptures say that Enoch walked faithfully and then God took him away.
I wondered whom we walk faithfully with every day? I am sure it is someone whom we love or at least someone who we are happy to be in the company of. He or she is going to be a friend or loved one. I am convinced that when we are walking faithfully as God’s friend, chosen by God, we will also be taken to heaven just like Enoch was taken.
I believe time flies when we are in the company of those whom we love. Time stands still when we are with those who also love us. A day is like thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. This applies to Enoch because his days on earth stopped forever. When God is in our lives, that is what happens to us. When God becomes a friend, and not a judge, master, teacher, father or mother, we are transported to a realm beyond human comprehension. I am jealous of Enoch because his earthly escapades ended well. While others lived longer and longer, like Methuselah, Enoch lived a short life but walked faithfully with God. That is better than living longer and longer without the true friendship of God.
So I am glad my grandparents and parents are now with God. Maybe they lived like Enoch, a true friend of God. The Lord didn’t have a reason to keep them here on earth for a long time. In the end, I am convinced, there is no reason to be scared of death. Being with God is nothing to fear.
God’s Solution # 5 Loneliness Solved!
Every time life gets hard because we are lonely and lost, the Lord says, “Please walk with me.” Enoch did. If life gets to be too hard to bear it alone, remember you don’t have to bear it alone. The Lord says, “I am with you always.”
You can walk with God in faithfulness and your life will become easier and more meaningful. This is not calling for extraordinary measures in life. Walking with God and living life faithfully as a friend of God only requires focusing on living one day at a time. Like the lilies of the field and the birds of the air that have given their trust to God, we are to live without fear of death or fear of damnation but rather trust our friendship with God.