Genesis Chapter 5 Are You A Pattern Breaker?

In verse one, we are reminded that we are made in the image of God. It states, "This is the written account of Adam's family line. When God created humanity, he made them in the likeness of God. "In verses 3-20, we see a pattern that will continue up until verse twenty-one. The pattern traces the family tree stating names, ages, and length of life on earth. Then, in verses 21-24, a shift happens. It states, "When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God for 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more because God took him away." Upon until we are introduced to Enoch, there is no mention that any other member of the family walked with God. Enoch's relationship with God is a clear distinction that human beings have a choice in the way they live. Another interesting fact, the name Enoch is a Hebrew name meaning trained and vowed. Enoch's life defines what it means to break a pattern; He walked with God. What does it mean to walk with God? If I may hazard a guess, Enoch faithfully learned to walk with God by spending time with Him and embracing who God is. Therefore, Enoch's life journey was full because of his walk with God. I do not believe Enoch experienced an identity crisis that made him ponder why am I here? Why was I created? He did not have to look for his purpose because his relationship with God made it clear.

Additionally, his clear understanding of who God is made his life choice simple. Although the bible does not give us in-depth insight into Enoch, we know one thing for sure, he was human and therefore subject to all human frailties and imperfections. Yet, he walked with God when many in his family tree before him did not. Today we have the life of Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Life with God continues to be a journey worth taking. Sometimes we may feel like we are hanging by a thread. God's word reassures us in Matthew 17:20, "He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Let me encourage you today more than ever to stay in the word of God the Bible, pray, and watch God move. The choice is up to you, break the pattern choose God. Through our Savior Jesus Christ, you will not regret it.

Remember, God loves you, and so do I.

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