"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, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:5-6
Next up after Abel in the list of our heroes of faith is Enoch, another man that we know very little about. We know that Jared was his father and that He was sixty-five years old when he became the father of Methuselah. We know that for the next three hundred years he had more sons and daughters and that during those next three hundred years he walked with God. We know that "Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." Genesis 5:19-24 We know that he pleased God.
That's it. That's what we know. He was born, he lived his three hundred and sixty-five years walking with God and then was translated so that He didn't see death. He was here living his life and then 'he was not found because God had translated him.'
So what truth about faith can we take from this man that we know so little about? The key is found in the first two words of Hebrews 11:5 and they are ... "By faith." "By faith Enoch was translated so that He did not see death..." The use of the words 'by faith' means that Enoch was involved in the process! It means that in all that walking and talking and pleasing God ... that God had filled him in on the plan. Enoch believed Him and by faith he trusted God, believed, and was rewarded as God 'took/translated' him.
We, like Enoch, can walk and talk and please God as we too, by faith, step into the things of God. Verse six says, 'But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.' Enoch's testimony was that he pleased God. Enoch pleased God because he knew God and by faith he stepped into the reward God had for Him. He, by faith stepped into the call/plan that God has for Him. (Consider this thought ... two men have been taken without seeing death which according to the word, we are 'all appointed to do once.' Hebrews 9:27 Enoch and Elijah however were both taken by God. In Revelations 11 it talks about two witness that come in the power of God, do signs and wonders, and prophesy/testify for an appointed time of 1260 days before they see death and then are raised up and once again taken into heaven.) Could it be that, Enoch, by faith stepped into a greater plan that isn't finished as of yet?
By faith you and I can take a close look at this man who pleased God and who by faith stepped into the reward of being not only in His presence but in the very center of His will! We too can live a life of faith, pleasing God as we step into the call He has for us as well.
By faith we too can step into the impossible as we trust Him to bring His words to pass in our lives! We, like Enoch, can have this testimony, 'that we pleased God' as we, By Faith, say, "Yes," to His plan.