Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
I am fascinated that Enoch was able to testify that he pleased God prior to his translation. For him to have made that bold declaration meant that he was very confident about his relationship with God. What was the source of his confidence? He lived everyday pleasing God. Since that is where we would all like to be in our relationship with God, it is important for us to understand what his secret was. The answer can be found in the meaning of Enoch’s name. The name Enoch means dedicated; what that tells us is Enoch was able to please God because he devoted himself to please God every day.
Enoch being able to testify that he pleased God was not a mere coincidence. He had to be intentional about it. There were two things that he did to make it his reality. Firstly, he made it his goal to please God. Because before you can be dedicated to something, you must establish what it is that you are committed to. Enoch had to make it his goal to please God every day in order for it to become his reality.
However, as well intentioned as that was, it was not enough. In addition to making it a goal, he had to also make it his lifestyle. Because he was devoted to pleasing God, he lived it daily whether he was busy, or things were going good or bad in his world. It is easy to please God when everything is going good, the real test comes when things are not going the way that we planned. But, if we take the approach that Enoch took, we will consistently please God.
Life Application: Get to the place where you too can testify that you please God by making it a daily goal and lifestyle, regardless of what is happening in your world.
Prayer: Lord, my aim is to please you daily. Like Enoch, I commit to making pleasing you a lifestyle and a daily commitment. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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