… and then he was not, for God took him.” Gen 5:24
So most of the summer I failed to keep up with my daily scripture reading. I wanted to do it, but apparently not enough to get my lazy behind out of bed… or to pick up my Bible instead of Time magazine or my phone.
However, as TobyMac has pointed out, “It’s never to late to get back up again!”
Since school started on Monday, I knew it was time. I set my alarm extra early – not just for reading but because I have to stare at my coffee for a while before I am awake enough to have a conversation with God. And also because if I see my children before I’ve had my coffee, it’s all downhill from there. Not a morning person, but working on it.
While I’m in a confessional mode (don’t get all worried now!) I’d like to add that I might have an addiction to my phone and electronic things in general. So I hooked up the You Version Bible app and voila – every morning my phone gives me the verse of the day and my reading for the morning! Take that, Facebook.
I picked the chronological plan, so now it’s Day 3 and I’m up to Genesis 11. But I noticed something yesterday in Genesis 5 that stuck with me.
It’s the section on the Descendants of Adam – lots of strange names and people who lived 900 plus years. I’m such a Bible study nerd that one time I mapped out all their ages, trying to figure out who was still alive at the flood. How about that?!
So everyone in Genesis 5 lived for a very long time. But not Enoch. The text doesn’t say he lived, it says that he walked with God (twice, v. 22, 24) and then God took him.
I don’t want to just “live” like the other average guys – I want to WALK with God like Enoch did. For YEARS. Many years.
I think part of the secret to walking with God must be spending time with Him every day. So I’m gonna keep at it.
Want to join me?
One last fun fact – only two men in scripture never died. Enoch and Elijah. Yet we also know that, “It is appointed to man to die once and after that to face judgement.” (Heb 9:27) Many believe they are the two witnesses that appear in Revelation 11. Interesting thought.