Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. Genesis 5:24
Going through life is considered a journey by many. Some appear to be running, while others are walking and taking their time and enjoying life. Yet, others are trying to stop life.
Many who continue to go through life are constantly changing their views, actions and commitments. It is rare to hear of a person staying with one job for twenty years, or to stay with one spouse for life. The faithfulness in a person is rare to see or hear of.
Enoch is briefly described as having faithfully walked with God and then God took him. Enoch had lived 365 years in faithful walk with God.
Walking with someone means that a person will stay right by the other person during their journey, whether short or long, easy or difficult. During times that are easy on both, it is easy to walk alongside each other. However, when one or the other has difficulties or faults, many walk away, breaking the relationship.
This type of action is sadly seen in the church. Many begin to walk with God, but when difficulties arise, they choose to turn away from God.
Having lived for 365 years, Enoch had to have had some difficulties. Some of those were ones that he probably wondered why God allowed to occur. Yet, in all those challenges, he did not give up on God, but kept faithful walking with God and trusting Him.
Believers need to dig their heels in and continue to walk with God, faithfully obeying and trusting God and His commands no matter what difficulty lies in their path. God is faithful and will provide all that is needed, so that one day He can bring that believer home to heaven to live together for eternity.
God has called you to walk on a journey through this life with Him that will go throughout eternity. He never promised an easy, fun journey, but He did promise to never leave or forsake you. He did promise to provide you with all that you need.
Do not allow the world and its ways to turn you away from that walk with God. Trust God with all of your life and be faithful to Him as He is faithful to you. In the end you will have the reward of living for eternity with Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the path God has called you to walk; that you will walk daily with God in all that you say and do; that God will give you all that you need for the journey; and that you will be faithful till God calls you home.
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. Revelation 2:10
Being hated and harmed is never easy for any person. Most people hate and want to fight back. Others give in to the demands of their persecutors, just to stop the suffering.
Many will compromise their standards in order to avoid persecution.
John quotes Jesus warning the church of Smyrna of persecution about to happen for a time of severe testing. He encourages them to be faithful, even unto death, to get a crown of life.
Persecution of Christians is something that has been occurring all over the world. Some places it has been extremely severe for many years, others it is just rising to become more severe.
There have been many believers who compromised their standards because they were ridiculed and made fun of for their beliefs. They did not remain faithful to God in the time of light persecution.
The enemy, the devil, will continue to rise in the last days, before Jesus returns, to persecute believers more and more. Places that have not yet imprisoned believers will begin soon. Believers have been warned of this coming, so that they do not lose faith.
Every believer needs to be willing to stand on his belief in Jesus regardless of what the world throws his way. He must not be afraid of what mortal man can do to the body, but fear God alone, who can kill both the body and soul.
Yes, persecution may end in physical death on this earth, but it is rewarded with the crown of eternal life for faithfulness.
At this time in your life you may or may not be going through any persecution for your belief in Jesus, however, it will come at some point. Know what you believe and whom you believe in.
Trust God and His word and stand upon it. During times of coming persecution put your focus upon God and the return of Jesus. God is watching your faithfulness and will reward you accordingly.
Do not allow yourself to fall short and give into the enemy. On God’s side, you will win eternal life in the end.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s promises to you; that you will remain faithful in living a holy life for God; that God will strengthen you and remove fear of what man may do to you; and that God will be able to reward you with eternal life some day.