This happened to Enoch, Noah’s great-grandfather. His 65th year did not go as smoothly as he would have hoped. In those times 65 was relatively young, and Enoch’s wife had just given birth to a new baby—He named him Methuselah, “a dart”. Reminds me of the psalm “As arrows are in the hands of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them. (Psalm 127:4-5)
Not only was he raising a family but there was also his church and work responsibilities. He had been ordained a high priest when he was very young—just 25.
While he was journeying among the people his travels were interrupted by the Spirit. God told him to preach to the people. Enoch knew his father and the other high priests were much more qualified then he to keep this commandment. He was young, inexperienced (compared to the other high priests), slow speaking and not very popular. Hated in fact. Makes me wonder what he did for a living at that time.
“Wherefore am I thy servant?” he asked humbly.
“Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good.
Say unto this people: Choose ye this day, to serve the Lord God who made you
Behold my Spirit is upon you, wherefore all thy words will I justify; and the mountains shall flee before you, and the rivers shall turn from their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me” (Moses 6:32-34).
That is a powerful promise!
Did Enoch believe it? After events would say yes. The record finds Enoch preaching to the people, leading them in war, moving mountains and rivers by his faith and building a city where the people dwelt in peace.
Blessed by Adam
But did he do all this by his faith in God’s promises alone? No. In one of our modern revelations (D&C 107) it is recorded that another event happened that tumultuous year Enoch was 65—he received a blessing from the family patriarch, Adam (D&C 107:48).
How Enoch Managed Overpowering Responsibilities
Enoch went from a overwhelmed messenger to one of power. Because he humbly walked with God depending on the Almighty’s power rather then his own, Enoch was able to do amazing things. He kept a journal, raised a family, built a city and left one of the most power visions recorded in scripture.
What about Us?
So the next time you find your schedule overwhelmed and don’t feel equal to the task God has given you—remember who God calls he empowers.