Genesis 5 (January 5)

                                                                                                    God the Poet

            “Lived… became the father… and he died.”

            This Bible chapter contains one of the saddest “poems” ever written.  It tells us in a rather repetitive fashion, that every man (and woman of course) in Adam’s lineage did three main things:

             They lived, had sons and daughters, and then died.

            Is this a portrait of your life? Perhaps not, but maybe you know someone who right now is leading a lifeless existence.  His life is void of hope and filled with as much excitement as watching the “motion” of a turtle.

            “Walked… was no more… God took him.”

            Here we have another poem, a more cheerful and hopeful composition.  The title could very well be, “Enoch, the First Astronaut.”  Enoch’s life was never boring, hopeless or even ordinary.  He “walked” with God, that is, he enjoyed a daily and intimate communion with our Lord.

            Do you walk with Jesus?

            If you do, if your life is filled with God, you are in grave danger of extinction. First, your old works and sins of the flesh will disappear, and then you, or at least the “old you” will cease to exist, Christ will live in you and through you (Galatians 2:20).

            God took Enoch to heaven while he was alive.  Something strikingly similar could happen to us very soon.  The Bible promises that Jesus is coming again for his Church.  In a twinkling of an eye we will be transformed and transported to heaven, but in the meanwhile God is working to make our lives as beautiful as a poem.

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