DAY BY DAY BY GRACE

October 23
Enoch’s Pleasing Walk with God, by Faith
By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death, “and was not found because God had translated him”; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Heb_11:5-6)
It is the will of God that we learn to walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord: “that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him” (Col_1:10). Again, such godly living can only be developed by faith. Much helpful insight into such a life is provided in Enoch’s pleasing walk with God, by faith.
Enoch was one of our earliest forefathers. “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah” (Gen_5:21). After the birth of Methuselah (who became, at 969 years, the oldest man ever on earth), Enoch began a three hundred year long journey of close fellowship with God. “After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years” (Gen_5:22). After three centuries of spiritual intimacy, Enoch was taken into heaven without experiencing death. “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Gen_5:24). Enoch’s intimacy with God and his unique homegoing were related to a life of reliance upon the Lord. “By faith Enoch was translated so that he did not see death . . . for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Of course, what was so pleasing to God about Enoch’s walk was his trust in the Lord. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.”
Enoch is a wonderful reminder of what life is all about—walking with God by faith throughout our days on earth, then walking right on into the presence of God in heaven someday. Many will eventually do this, like Enoch, without facing death. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1Th_4:16-17). Others may face death, but the key ingredient of fellowship on earth right on into heaven is the same. “I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory” (Psa_73:23-24).
Dear God of heaven and earth, I desire to please You by a life of faith here on earth. Help me to walk closely with You day by day throughout my pilgrimage here below. I eagerly anticipate the day that I will forever be with You in the fullness of Your glorious presence in heaven above, Amen.

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Seeking Wisdom
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The Cambridge Bible Commentary describes today’s verse as a motto—both for the whole Book of Proverbs and of the whole subject of which the Book treats. 

I am offering, the writer would seem to say, to give you the right of entering into the House of Knowledge, to guide you through some of its goodly chambers, to display to you a portion of the rich and varied treasures with which it is stored. 

But as you approach the portal, note well the inscription which is traced above it: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

Albert Einstein once wrote that “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”  What wisdom are you reaching to acquire, and how might your attempts to reach it make you more wise?  Will your attempts to reach God bring you closer to him?  

This meditation from the first chapter of Proverbs will help begin your voyage towards knowledge by first taking a step towards God.   

Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment, remain with your eyes closed…imagine entering an ancient library.  Entering the Royal Library of Alexandria in Egypt.  It is the time of Christ and the library is one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world.  It is a major center of scholarship where the most famous thinkers of the ancient world studied.  Imagine walking its halls, listening to the conversations—the study.  What are they discussing?  What knowledge do they seek?  Are their questions any different than yours today?  Are the answers they find any different?  Stay here walking the halls of Alexandria and imagining the conversations you hear among the collections and scrolls of knowledge.

Today you have the opportunity to begin your voyage of knowledge and wisdom.  You have the opportunity to take first steps today and those steps begin with the truth that God is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge you seek.  Expect to find moments to begin today.  Begin your seeking by beginning with God.

Let me pray too that you remember to have reverent fear of the Lord, that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome.  That is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge; its starting point and its essence. Now to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever will be. Amen.

So when you are ready, step into your day mindful of that beginning. Begin your search by beginning with God.