December 14, 2017 – A God-Pleasing Faith – Pr. Sonny Shimaoka
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:5-6 (NIV)
Of all the faith heroes described in this chapter, Enoch to me, is the most mysterious. He is mentioned in only two other books in the Bible, Genesis and Jude. Nothing is really known about him except that he was a man that “pleased” God. He is one of only two men who did not experience physical death. What was so pleasing about his faith that God decided to take him home? The Bible says that he “walked with God” for 300 years. That’s a lot of walking! What did Enoch learn from all that time walking with his Heavenly Father? What would a “God-Pleasing” faith look like?
I think I see some clues in verse 6. It says that Enoch believed that God existed. What does that mean to me? It has become to mean that He not only exists and is real, but he “exists” with me all the time. He will never leave me or forsake me. He is with me in the good times and bad. I’ve also come to understand that God is a rewarder. That means that He is “GOOD” all the time and that all the time He is “GOOD!” Jeremiah 29, verse 11 comes to mind at this moment. His plans for me are always in my best interest. Always! The last clue that I see here is that I must seek Him. I must not only seek only Him but I must do it earnestly. That means that there may be times when I will be tempted to look for help elsewhere. Not even! That is not an option. King James uses the word “diligently!” I must be disciplined in this area. To me, this is the hardest one to stay focused on.
Heavenly Father, like Enoch, I pray that I can exhibit a “God-Pleasing” faith. Thank You Holy Spirit for being there to help me and guide me…In Jesus Name.