Hebrews 11:5-6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (6) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
“translate” – Greek metatithemi; to transport or transfer. This speaks of Enoch, whom Jude says was a prophet of God, whose life so pleased God that God brought him from this life into eternity with God without Enoch having to die a natural death. Some may say that God did this because He has a future plan for Enoch during the Tribulation time period, but this would be incorrect.
God did this, as the Bible declares in these verse “…before his translation (transfer to Heaven) he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. While it is true that God has a special calling for Enoch during the Tribulation time period, Enoch wasn’t chosen for that because his name was Enoch and it would just sound cool to have someone named “Enoch” be one of the guys fulfilling that prophecy. He was chosen for that very special task because he first had faith that pleased God.
While you and I will not be chosen to fulfill the same prophecy that Enoch has been chosen to fulfill in the last days, we can have the same kind of God-pleasing faith that moved God to give Enoch a special calling in God’s eternal plan. As a matter of fact, in the next verse we are told that we can’t please God without faith.
This is good news during times of great trouble and distress because God isn’t looking for some great one to come along and save the world. He already has someone who can do that…His name is Jesus! But rather, all God is looking for is someone who will simply place whatever amount of faith they do have in His eternal hands and let Him begin to work things out.
So, are you ready to have faith that pleases God? If so, simply connect with him in a simple prayer of sincerity and ask Him for that kind of faith, and He will surely develop it in your heart!
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