“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
Faith is having belief that God is who He says He is and then living like it. It’s having absolute and unshakeable trust that God’s words are true. The verse above: it’s impossible to please God without faith has been on my mind for a month now. If scripture says faith is going to please my heavenly Father, I want it!…
On the pages of scripture, we see that faith in God brings hope, healing, raises the dead, restores brokenness, changes unbelieving hearts, takes people to the promise land and allows the barren to have children. It makes streams flow in the desert and new life grow in the wasteland. It doesn’t cower in the face of hardship, torture, imprisonment or death, and we see that it gives abundant life. It changes an ordinary life into an extraordinary, God pleasing life. Faith is the only appropriate response to a big God.
One of my most favorite stories in the whole bible is the story of Rahab from Joshua chapter 2 because it’s such a wonderful depiction of who I know God to be. Rahab’s life is a beautiful picture of the vastness of God’s grace and how he can use ANY of us who turn our hearts to Him in faith. She is a prostitute living on the outskirts of Jericho. Probably viewed no different than a woman in this position in our world today, yet God sees her. Because of her faith in Him, she is rescued when the city of Jericho is destroyed and placed in the promise land. She recognized that God was the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. (Joshua 2:11 NLT) In Matthew chapter 1, she is included in the lineage of Jesus Christ. She is King David’s great-great grandmother. She is one of only 5 women mentioned in the lineage of Jesus. Her life doesn’t get more important than that!
Solid faith in God is our foundation. It’s everything! Are we grounding ourselves in His word daily so that our faith can be solid? Faith is trust, and it’s really hard to trust what we don’t know. It’s hard to have solid, unwavering faith if we don’t know what His word says to us. Scripture says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27) Let’s be people who know God based on His word and what He speaks to us, not what people are saying around us. I fear we listen more to man than the voice of God.
Let us not forget we have an enemy that is after our faith. If he can distract us, make us apathetic, or unsure of the things of God, he has been successful. You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. (James 2:19NLT) A faith relationship with God cannot be merely based on believing a true statement. Even the demons believe there is a God! Faith is an action. It says I know who my God is and I’m going to live like it. Because we have a sovereign, loving God, “He will not settle for mere acknowledgement of his existence. He wants a personal, dynamic relationship with us that will transform our life.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2236)
Those who earnestly seek God will find that they are rewarded with his intimate presence. (Hebrews 11:6) His presence is everything. I can’t describe it because I think it looks different for everyone, but it allows us to have unexplainable joy and peace no matter the circumstances around us. Let’s seek to know Him in a deep and meaningful way.
Thank goodness we don’t have to do any of this ourselves. We can have faith because through grace, the Spirit produces faith in us. Therefore, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings… Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:22,23) He is faithful, so let’s be people who please Him with unwavering faith. He’s waiting.