by David Wilkerson

"By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death,

`and was not found, because God had taken himī; for before he

was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God" (Hebrews

11:5). Enoch had intimate communion with his heavenly Father

and his life is yet another testimony of what it means to truly

walk in faith. His fellowship with God was so intimate that the

Lord translated him to glory long before his life on earth might have ended.

Why did the Lord choose to translate Enoch? The opening words

of this verse tell us very plainly that it was because of his faith.

Moreover, the closing phrase tells us Enochīs faith pleased God.

That is something every Christian believer should aspire to. The

Greek word for "pleased" used here means fully united, wholly

agreeable, in total oneness. In short, Enoch had the closest

possible communion with the Lord that any human being could

enjoy. And this intimate fellowship with God was pleasing to the Father.

The Bible tells us Enoch began walking with the Lord after he

begot his son, Methuselah, who lived be 969 years of age. You

might remember Methuselah as being the oldest man recorded

in the Bible (Genesis 5:27). Enoch was sixty-five at the time of

his sonīs birth and then he spent the next 300 years fellowshipping

with God. Hebrews makes it clear that Enoch was so in touch

with the Father, so close to him in hourly communication, that

God chose to bring him home to himself. In essence, the Lord

was saying to Enoch, "I canīt take you any further in the flesh.

In order to increase my intimacy with, I must bring you home to

my side." So he whisked Enoch away to glory!

To our knowledge, Enoch never performed a miracle, never

developed a profound theology, never did any great works worthy

of mention in Scripture. However, we read this simple description

of this faithful manīs life: "Enoch walked with God."

Can you imagine having this said about you? Does your heart

yearn for a closer walk with the Lord? Is there a growing

dissatisfaction in you with the things of this world?

True faith is found in waiting on your Savior, ministering to him

until you hear and know his heart.