TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
“By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 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.”
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
There is a story about a little girl who went to Sunday School and heard the story of Enoch. She went home and told her mother, “You know, Mother, he used to go for walks with God.” The mother replied, “That’s wonderful, dear. How did it end?” “Well, Mother, one day they walked on and on, and got so far that God said to Enoch, ‘You’re a long ways from home. You had better come in and stay with Me!’”
If you walk with God by faith, your life is pleasing to Him. In fact, faith is the only way we please God. Even if you go through horrible trials, you can trust that He is with you. One day, He will say to you, “You’re a long ways from home. You had better come in and stay with Me!”
When we place our faith in God it pleases God. Hebrews teaches us that God rewards faith in Him and a faith that seeks Him. Pastor Charles Spurgeon said, “The Greek word means not only seek Him, but “seek Him out”—that is, seek Him until they find Him, and seek Him above all others.”
The ultimate reward of faith in God is God Himself. 2 Corinthians 1:20, speaking of Jesus, tells us, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him.” Everything that God has promised us is answered in His Son Jesus. What do you think the Bible is promising us when it is promising us God Himself? What do you think the Bible means by “walking in faith” (2 Corinthians 5:7)? How can you walk by faith today?