Enoch walked with God, and God took him home without going through death (Genesis 5:24). Prior to this event, Enoch fathered Methuselah, the oldest man in the Bible (Genesis 5:22). Enoch and the other Saints of faith chronicled in Hebrews Chapter Eleven are examples to us.
Due to their testimony, we have faith, hope, confidence and assurance that God has His plan for our life as well (Ephesians 2:10). All that He requires of us is for us to walk in His ways, even when we cannot see the path.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Thankfully, every trial that we experience builds our faith and proves God’s faithfulness to us. He always works out everything for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28).
Circumstances may not evolve as we had hoped or desired, but they end up being better for us than what we originally wanted. So many times in life we erect towers (Genesis 11:1-10) of goals that we want to attain in a certain order or by a particular age.
However, once we accomplish those goals, we realize that we no longer want them, or that they did not include the fulfillment that we envisioned them bringing into our life.
We learn obedience to God through the things that we suffer during our lifetime, just like Jesus did (Hebrews 5:8). God uses discipline to keep His children on His chosen path for us. If He does not discipline us, it is because we are not yet His child (Hebrews 12:4-11).
Life has its inherent issues that we all face with health, finances, relationships, employment, etc. However, the more we walk according to the direction of God’s Holy Spirit during each moment of our day, the fewer trials we experience.
Those issues that do arise from time to time are easier to handle too, because we see God’s purpose in them; or due to our experience with God’s care, we know without a doubt that there is a definite seed for a miracle in every trial that we face.
Father God, it is not hard or impossible for us to earn Your favor and to please You. You only require one thing of us: obedience to Your will. When we do walk in Your ways, we find that we experience true fulfillment, peace and joy.
We are protected in trials by Your power. Your hope fills our hearts with joy and peace. By the power of Your Spirit in us, our hope abounds (Romans 15:13). We trust in Your complete salvation for us of body and soul. as well as spirit, which is ready to be revealed to the whole world at the end of time (1 Peter 1:3-6).
Thought for the Day:
Our living hope is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, who gives us an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that never fades away; the good news is that it is reserved for all Believers who please the Lord with our faith in His gift, which is free to us all.