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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 2/Heroes: Cain & Abel

The first class elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame was Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. Babe Ruth everyone remembers. Ty Cobb is more famous for being a jerk. But who are the other three? Old school baseball fans will know. I’ve heard their names but know nothing about them. It’s interesting how little we know about Enoch and here he is listed alongside Noah and Abraham. What was the contribution? With him, we see how simple our relationship with God can be and should be. “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” (Genesis 5:24) Hebrews 11 then makes this comment, “By faith Enoch was taken from this life…And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Enoch’s life wasn’t filled with Hall of Fame “stats.” His mention here is based solely on the fact that he “walked faithfully with God.” His life was not tied up in a bunch of religious rules and regulations or trying to do enough good things to earn a spot in heaven. It was simple. God loved him and he loved God back. Enoch believed in the God of Genesis and earnestly sought him. That was it.

Over the next few days, we are going to talk about “earnestly seeking God” and what the characteristics are of a person who walks with God. Which of course begs the question, “Are you earnestly seeking God?” To earnestly seek God requires intention and attention. When you pursue a relationship you set times for phone calls, facetime, dinners, and outings. That is intention. During those times you put away the distractions (mainly your phone) and you talk, ask questions, play, and dress to impress. That is attention. Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” I want to encourage to set a time (intention). If this is new to you, try 10 minutes. Find that “space” that is free from distractions. (Attention) Show up for work early by 10 min and park in the back spots. Turn off the radio. Put your phone on DND. Give God intention and attention. It’s that simple to start walking with God.

Scripture

Genesis 5:24

Prayer

Lord it is so hard to sit in silence. We fill our minds with constant chatter from scrolling the internet, watching movies and TV to fall asleep, waking up and checking email or likes. Help me take the time today to spend with you in silence. Tune my ears to hear your voice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.