THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30
It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.
Hebrews 11:5 (NLT)
WALK BY FAITH
Years ago the captain of a large vessel set sail with his family from Liverpool. His destination was New York. One night when everyone was asleep, a sudden squall arose. The wind came sweeping over the water, struck the vessel and almost capsized it. Everything movable was sent tumbling and crashing, and the passengers became aware that they were in imminent peril. Everyone was alarmed, and many sprang from their berths and began to dress. The captain’s little daughter, just 8 years old, was awakened and cried with fright, “What’s the matter?” When they told her about the storm she asked, “Is Father on deck?” Assured that he was, the little one dropped back onto her pillow without a fear. In spite of the howling winds and crashing waves, she was soon fast asleep. (An Anatomy of Faith-Alan Carr) This little girl had faith her daddy would get them safely home on their journey.
Enoch’s journey led him to God, and when he found God, he walked with him. One day Enoch and God had walked so far that God said, “Why don’t you come home with me?” And Enoch walked beyond space and time into eternity. He is one of only two people in the Bible who did not die. Hebrews tells us that Enoch was taken “by faith.” We learn from Enoch that the journey to find God is by faith.
How do you typically respond when life gets stormy? How can the story of Enoch give us comfort instead of fear when death is approaching?
Praise God for the storms He has safely guided you through. Ask God to grow your faith to a point where you sense His presence daily.