Resolved:

I’ve been thinking about New Year resolutions a lot, lately.

Thinking what a sobering thing it would be to ask God what He would like to see me change this year!

I found something that may relate, something to think about:

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him (Genesis 5:21 KJV).

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:5-6 KJV).

Enoch lived long, long ago, among some of the first people, ever. And he lived one year for each of the three hundred sixty-five days in a year. Does this make me curious?

Yes.

Then there’s another thing: It seems like he simply subsisted before Methuselah’s birth, but walked with God after.

I can relate to that.

Scripture does not mention anyone else “walking with God” in Genesis 5. They all just lived, and bore descendants, is all we are told.

None of the others were taken, either; they all died. Enoch, however, “was not, for God took him.”

We must believe God exists and that He will reward us. I know He does that! But could He want to give me an Enoch-like experience this year? Could I muddle through, listening, for 65 days, and then have direction for walking with Him?

Like Enoch, only smaller?

I want to try this. I want to wait on Him during the first 65 days, to show me the way, His direction, what He wants for the last 300 days of 2015. I want to be still before Him and listen to His ideas about what comes next.

I want to hear Him say, “Come,” and I want to step out of the boat. By the 65th day of the year, I want to say, “By God’s grace, I will do this thing.” I want to walk with God the remaining 300 days of the year, in this matter He sets before me. Maybe by the 65th day of the year (Friday, March 6) I will know what I should change, what I should make my year’s goal.

What will He show me? What will He require of me? I don’t know.

I want a dedication on Day 65, and I want to call it Enoch Day and I want a big celebration this time next year. I’m thinking of keeping a journal, just for this tradition.

Maybe I’ll be brave and post it. Or maybe not.

Although all is still in the formative stages, one thing has become clear to me: In my life, a new Enoch celebration would be far better than all the New Year Resolutions in the world. (I cannot, in my own strength, change all I need to change. I have learned: God-pleasing changes do not come from my own strength.)

By God’s strength, I can walk in His will much more easily than I can walk in guilt over bondage to an overwhelming New Year’s list.

Maybe you could, too.

What if we began the New Year diligently seeking Him about what He would like changed? What if we took His Word to us and began implementing it on March 6? What if He visited us with His strength to do it?

It’s scary, but I can hardly wait.

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10 thoughts on “Resolved:

  1. Victoria T. says:

    I came across this Scripture today (Genesis 5) in my new reading plan, and I thought of you. 🙂

    I find Enoch fascinating. The only of Enoch’s fathers that died before him was Adam, his great-great-great-great-grandfather. Surely, the “taking” of Enoch really rocked the world at that time. He was so young, and so faithful, that God spared him death. But why did God take him at such a young age?

    Every time I come across Enoch (his prophesy appears in Jude, then his name is given in Hebrews), I end with more questions about him. I guess it’s just one of those things where God has given us the information we need (Enoch walked in faith and was taken up by God), and the whole story might come later. 🙂

    Looking forward to Enoch Day, to hopefully see what direction God leads you this year. 🙂

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Thanks so much, Victoria, for this thoughtful comment!
      I don’t know for sure why God took Enoch, but I think it maybe had to do with the timing of the flood? Not sure. I know that all of the righteous ones on earth either were no longer there or else were on the ark.
      Just a thought.
      As for next year, hopefully I’ll be more organized! 🙂

  2. faerylandmom says:

    What a thought! I really like that idea…

    I often set goals and reflect around New Year’s, but I often find that the Lord changes my goals, because what he is telling me often doesn’t look like what I think it will. Learning to really seek after him, diligently, and to walk with him is such a process, and I find that the more flexible I am in his hands, the closer I get to reaching my goals, because my goals change to line up with HIS goals for me instead.

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Oh, Tiff, I often say the best way to get God to give you everything you want, is to want what God wants. 🙂
      It is a fad, these days, to choose a “word” to be the theme for your next year, and I’ve fought it, as I explained in my last post, but I keep getting these words, anyway. God has a way of making me eat my famous last words. Ha!
      It’s a learning process, for sure. Maybe my goal should be to learn how to hear God? 😉

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