Well-pleased

Scripture reading:  Genesis 5-6

Enoch walked with God; and then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24

Enoch walked with God for 300 years. The Septuagint translates this as “well-pleasing.” For 300 years, Enoch was well-pleasing to God. The same is said of Noah in 6:9. Both of these men were recognized specially by God because they were well-pleasing to Him.

Enoch was so well-pleasing to God that God just took him away! We are given no indication whatsoever that Enoch or Noah had any sort of motive for being well-pleasing to God other than an understanding of who He is. They were well-pleasing to God in an era when that would require great faith. They stand as stellar examples for me. I long to be well-pleasing to God. I long to know Him well and to quickly serve Him when He leads. I want my life to be all about Him so that He is my every breath and thought. I want Him to know that He can count on me. If He needs me to stand for Him when no one else will, I will do everything just as God commands me (6:22). I wonder how many others have been “taken away” just because they were well-pleasing to God? Sometimes we have a hard time understanding the working of our mighty God, but I trust that He is caring deeply for each of His adopted children.

Lord, please help me live in such a way that I am well-pleasing to You. Please see the desire of my heart to be all that You have made me to be. Amen.