Necessary Internal Shifts: A Shift In Connection

Genesis 5:22-24 (NIV)
22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Genesis 5 is a very interesting chapter. It is the genealogy from Adam to Noah. its basically records people and how many years they lived and how many children they had. When it gets to Enoch we are given some very important and interesting details about his life, Enoch walked faithfully with God for 300 years!
Wow, talk about a journey of faith. In fact he features in the hall of faith found in the book of Hebrews

Hebrews 11:5 (NIV)
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.

Before Abraham was known as the father of faith, Enoch walked with God and God took him. If God is doing a new thing, then there has to be a shift in the way we connect with him. We cannot go back to the same old way we have been doing things. Church meetings and Sunday services as we know them have been disrupted and shut down across the globe because of the Corona Virus pandemic. This has forced every individual to take on the responsibility of connecting with God on a personal level.

There was something different about Enoch and the way he related to God compared to his fathers. He did not just know about God, he walked with God, that means that God was a part of his everyday life. He honored God with his choices and his lifestyle. Think about this, unlike us, he had no Sunday service or fellowship to attend, he had no bible to read.. yet he walked with God for 300 years! No wonder God just had to take him away. That’s a whole new level 300 years is like 4 lifetimes. The other person who was taken away was the prophet Elijah.

You and I have to make the resolve to have a shift in the way that we connect with God. We have to walk with Him everyday and not just wait for a visitation on Sundays when we attend service. He has to be a part of our daily life. We cannot go back to proclaiming “Bwana Asifiwe” (Praise the Lord) yet our daily walk is filled with corruption and evil.

To imagine that Enoch was not filled with the Holy Spirit like we are filled today and yet he walked with God faithfully for 300 years is mind boggling!
The question then remains, will you and I go back to life as normal or will our connection with God change?
The ball is in our court.

Reflective Thoughts
How would you rate your relationship with God on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being what Enoch had with God?
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What do you need to do to make this relationship better?
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Will you do it or are you content to go back to things as they were?
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