By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
History and Context:
The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews is still unknown. Many early scholars attributed it to Paul, but modern scholars are mostly in agreement that it was not him. There are many theories ranging from Barnabas, to Apollos, to Priscilla. The primary purpose of the Letter to the Hebrews is to exhort Jews and Christians to persevere in the face of persecution, butit is also known for it's unique perspective on the person of Christ.
Hebrews chapter eleven is known as the "Hall of Faith" because it goes through the old testament, naming all of the great men and women who lived and followed God by faith. This particular mentions how Enoch was taken by God because he had "pleased God". The author then notes that it is only through faith that we can please God. In order to please God we need to have faith in the fact that He exists and have faith in that He rewards us when we seek Him. The main point that hits me in this passage is that it is through living by faith that we please Him.
The challenge is to live by faith! So often we come to God and continue on in our own comforts and pleasures. It seems rare to find a Christian who is truly living by faith. Most hate their jobs, have given up on their dreams, and live simply for their time off. Why? Because they are unwilling to take the step of faith. Take a step of faith today! It might be a little one, it might be a large one, but take a step that requires faith and trust in God. God will be pleased!
Lord, I want to please you! I want to follow you. I want to live by faith. Help me to do that! Help me to step out in faith and trust that you will take care of me. Lead me as to which step to take. I love you! In Jesus' name, Amen!