The phrase “pass the salt please” means “pass the salt if you are in agreement”. Similarly, the phrase “he pleased God” means that “he was in agreement with God”. The true definition of pleasing someone is to establish an understanding or covenant with them.
Genesis 5:22 provides another clue to help explain the phrase “he pleased God”.
Genesis 5:22 (KJV)
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:
The phrase “walked with God” (4) refers to time spent with God, in conversation, in alignment, in relationship, and in covenant, which also means that Enoch took away something from that relationship that changed his life. It describes a flowing together, in which Enoch came along side God with intent.
The phrase “walked with God” occurs over 1500 times in the old testament (5), and occurs first in Genesis 2:14 where it is used to describe the nature of the Tigris River, which is one of the four rivers that flows from the Garden of Eden. The source of the Tigris is a beautiful mountain range from which the river flows for almost two thousand kilometres, past the bones of Jonah, and through the desert on its way to the ocean. It follows a path that was etched out for it by God as it carries within it the voices of Eden to the rest of the world.
Enoch pleased God when he became a river and flowed alongside Him as one. When God turned, Enoch turned, where God flowed, Enoch flowed, and that synchronicity of agreement, in love, assignment, perspective, and in covenant, was the foundation on which he pleased God and upon which his life was built.
One of the forms of the phrase “walked with God” also refers to leaving something behind. The picture that it invokes is that of a journey, where two people set out on a new venture together as they leave an existing place in order to establish a new one. The implication of the phrase “walked with God” necessarily requires us to leave behind what is dead and buried, and to replace our old ways and old nature with a new one.
The question “How did Enoch please God?” becomes “How did Enoch enter into a covenant with God?” and the answer is in Hebrews 11:5,6, as it says that Enoch walked with God by faith.
Enoch lived in the light of God’s glory and remained there by his own will. He absorbed God like a sponge and flowed side-by-side with God and saw first hand how God interacted with all of creation. When God spoke, Enoch was standing right there next to Him, and he would have seen how others reacted to God and how God responded to them. In turn Enoch would have learned how to speak and act not just with power, but with patience, compassion and love. Keep in mind that the devil knows a lot about God too but that the devil is not in agreement with God.
The better we become at using our faith, the more we will have to ensure that it is aligned with God. Faith without God is corrupt.
When satan was kicked out of heaven for trying to de-throne Jesus, he took one third of the angels with him. He had a close relationship with Jesus and had a clear picture of the majesty and love of God, but he had no desire to flow alongside God for the purposes of God. What if satan had taken all of the angels? What if he had taken more? How many people has he already taken to hell? We will always need faith and it is paramount that we develop it, refine it, and know how to use it. Our faith walk with God is our love walk with God..
If faith is the thing that is born out of what we internalize, then Enoch internalized a personal love of God, which fanned the first sparks of Enoch’s faith and enabled it to grow into a heavenly flame.
Enoch “pleased” God because he had come into “agreement” with all that God was, and he did not divide his loyalties between heaven and hell. Enoch lived in a time when he could see the exponential deterioration of the pre-flood people, but he did not internalize their perspectives as his own. Instead God was the lens through which he saw his environment.
Faith in God is such a powerful concept, that a spark of it can result in eternal life. This is the basis of salvation, and all it requires is the “intent” to walk in the same direction as God.
The word “faith” by itself has no meaning unless it specifies the seed from which it has been born, and “faith in God” specifies a faith that grows out of a “belief in all that God IS”.
Walk With God In Faith:
The first step in using faith in God is to keep it charged. No tool can work if the battery has run dry. Keep it charged by investing in a relationship with God that is personal, daily and alive. Our mind, memory, dreams and thought rehearsals, must be about the love and majesty of God.
Next, practice faith in God. Faith is of no value unless it is accessible and ready to use. We need to be able to set fear and doubt aside in order for faith to be effective.
Finally, faith in God must be automatic. We need to get to the point where we “kick darkness out” without even trying. Darkness cowers in the presence of God and it should be afraid to mess with our faith in God because of how far back it will be pushed and how much ground it will lose. We should be so in-line with heaven that there is a supply chain that automatically runs up and down the stairs to heaven to meet our demands on faith. Our faith should be so automatic that newly built “skylines” appear on the horizon in anticipation of our arrival.
If we wonder how much faith we have, or what it is made of, then all we have to do is ask:
“Does my faith please God?”
“Am I flowing with God like a river?”
“Do I have mass, momentum and a path that moves mountains for God?”
Verily I say unto you, iIf ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done .
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.