“By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” – Hebrews 11:4-6
In Genesis where we learn of Cain and Abel, we don’t get to hear much of the detail of the story. Why is God unhappy with Cain’s offering? Was his heart in the wrong place? What we do know is this—Cain presented an offering that caused a God to be not pleased with it, but He was pleased with Abel’s. Because of this, Cain becomes envious of his brother and murders him. But Hebrews 11:4 says that Abel’s testament of faith in his good offering, although he was killed, lives on. So what made his faith great?
Admirable Qualities of Abel’s Faith:
- Abel presents his first fruits offering in good faith and with a pure heart.
- Abel loved God and gave him his very best.
Now, Enoch. We don’t know much about Enoch from our canonical scriptures. Genesis 5:22a tells us that Enoch walked with God. And Hebrews 11:5 says similarly. We’re not sure what made Enoch so favorable other than the fact that he walked with God. Verse six of Hebrew 11 says that we cannot please God without faith.
Admirable Qualities of Enoch’s Faith:
- Enoch walked with God and sought Him.
- His faith was found pleasing to the Lord.
Enoch sought God, and He was pleased, thus Enoch was rewarded. In the same way, Abel came to God humbly and He was pleased. A strong faith—a faith worthy of the Hall of Faith—is totally achievable. Seek God in all you do, and your faith will be rewarded.