A few things made me pause along the way as I read Genesis 5:1-7:24 today. First, people lived a long time right after God created the earth. Second, finding favor can sometimes shorten your life. Third, relief may come in surprising and unexpected ways.
Walking With God
In the midst of people living close to 1000 years, we discover Enoch. We’re told he “lived in close fellowship with God for 300 years. Then, just 65 years later, he suddenly disappeared. Genesis 5 describes it this way; “Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took Him” (Genesis 5:23-24). Wow, think about that. Walking in such a close relationship with God that one day God simply says, “Well done My good and faithful servant, come, enter into your rest.”
As we journey through life, that’s really what it’s all about. Walking in close relationship with Jesus, finding peace and comfort no matter what is going on in life. The one day finding ourselves in the presence of God.
Relief With God
Noah gives another example of one walking with God and finding relief. Lamech named his son Noah saying, “May he bring us relief from our work and painful labor of farming this ground the Lord has cursed” (Genesis 5:29). I’m sure the relief Lamech was thinking of, did not include a flood wiping out every creature on earth, except for Noah, his family, and the animals loaded onto the Ark.
But, many times, relief comes from unexpected sources. In the midst of chaos and an evil world, God leveled the playing field and started everything new.
Many times that is exactly how God works in our lives. As we journey through life, filling our lives with the “things of this world”, He will suddenly force us into “pause moment”, stripping away all the excess in our life, so we can be alone with Him once again.