Enoch’s Friendship With A Real Friend; Not A Supposed Angry-Looking God:
Who on earth had such interesting friendship with God like the way Enoch did? He yearned for the very presence of God and to constantly remain IN him. Any doubt that most of his revelations weren’t when he was asleep; and God himself desires our companionship just as Enoch did. Look what the scripture says about him: When Jared was 162 years old, Enoch was born. 19Jared lived after the birth of Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 20So Jared lived 962 years, and he died. 21When Enoch was 65 years old, Methuselah was born. 22Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God after the birth of Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23So all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him].(A) (Genesis 5:18-24). Was he good enough to really be taken away? Of course not! He doesn’t draw us close to himself by how good we are but the longing on his side and the willingness on our side. He didn’t drag Enoch into a relationship but waited for 65 years to have him come in not excluding his willingness to walk with him. Though he waited 65 years, Enoch walked 300 years with him. Amazing, right? Such a long and growing friendship! God had helped him realize that he is a loving One who values friendship with him and this encouragement eliminated all of Enoch’s dread for him. This doesn’t mean that he didn’t have him feared as a Father. Rather, he learnt the difference which exist between the fear in one who is a slave to sin and one who is a son and sees God as his Father.
My daughter (though I don’t have one) won’t come to me with dread in her heart. She would come freely so she could share close friendship with me. If fear occupies her heart, she won’t be able to approach me easily. She may even hide important informations away from me because she feels I’m just too tough to reach. And if she stands before me having fear within her, the freedom to look to my face is hard to find. She won’t know what to tell her daddy in times like this. She would shy away and the freedom being denied would have her mind look like it did eat her up. It wasn’t her mind but the presence of fear in her.
Enoch didn’t see God that way. He saw God inviting him into real friendship free from religion; not bound in the whip-whip-not game depending on his successes and mistakes. God was fully inviting him in and he sure would take care of it.
We need to see his presence constantly with us. Whether on the wayside or anywhere else, it’s a constant one.