Today, we embrace the age of 100 years. People take longevity for granted and show great interest in the life of the age. For example, more and more people are signing up for retirement pensions, and they are showing an unprecedented interest in health and leisure,so that they could prepare to not be a burden on their children financially and physically in their later years.
However, looking at Enoch’s life in the genealogy of Adam’s descendants appearing in Genesis 5, it leadsus to think about what we, as believers, should be really interested in. Put it differently, when we pay attention to the length of lifein the genealogy of Adam’s descendants, there is an interesting fact. Enoch’s father Jared lived 962 years, and Enoch’s son Methuselah lived 969 years. In the middle was Enoch, who lived 365 years. Enoch lived a short period which was incomparable to the longevity of his father and his son. However, the Bible says that Enoch lived with God during that period, which emphasizes that the quality of life is more important than the length of life.
There is a common saying in human relationships: “Spring comes when you try to listen to others.” Similarly, in your life of faith, spiritual spring comes to your relationship with Godwhen you try to listen to God’s Word with your ears open. It means that when we understand God’s will and obey it, our relationship with God becomes intimate. In the time when Enoch lived, right before the judgment of Noah’s flood, people were living an extremely dissolute life. However, Enoch chose to live a life of walking with God despite the tide of the times. This is because he entered an intimate relationship with God by listeningto the Word of God. As a result, Enoch received the revelation of God’s will and did what God wanted. Likewise, what a person in life listens to is so important that it determines his destiny. That is why God leads us to the path of life by having His chosen servants proclaim His Word at the appropriate times.
A few years ago, a multitude of whales were found dead off the coast of the Bahamas. Scientists investigated the cause and found that it was caused by SONAR (Sound Navigation and Ranging), an underwater ultrasonic detector launched from a U.S. Navy ship that was in anti-submarine operation. The whales were disorientated due tofatal wounds onthe brain and ears caused by the SONAR and washed ashore to die. The unpleasant truth is that this kind of disorientation could happen in our daily lives as well. The voice of the ego in us or the voice of temptation in the world is more powerful than we think. The sound of the ego or the temptation is a spiritual SONAR and is sufficient to strike a fatal wound on the brain and ears of a man unarmed by the Word. So once people get caught up in such a sound, theylose their sense of direction and end up going where they shouldn’t go. Indulging in that sweet sound, people stay in a place where they shouldn’t stay, and their sins increase.
Did Enoch’s 300 years of walking with God and being able to fulfill God’s will just happen by itself? He was able to walk with God because he tuned in to God’s frequency in all his life and understood God’s will. Paul blessed those who walked with God in that way and prayed as follows: “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance”(2 Thessalonians 3:5). Here we can see that the blessings that God bestows on those who live with Him are totally different from the blessings of the world. When we walk with God, and our relationship with Him is restored, the Holy Spirit will guide our hearts. As a consequent, God’s will is revealed, and changes in life are made. The writer of Hebrews interpreted Enoch’s walking with God as an act of faith and testified as follows:“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. For before he was taken “(Hebrews 11:5). Translated by Elder, Ky-Hyang Yuhn