Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
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.
Our Verse of the Day has been in our studies on occasion; and I thought we might take a look at it again. What is the inspired writer trying to convey to us? His focus is the subject of faith: believing in Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty, who created all things – and uniquely humans in His own image. The writer asserts that “without faith, it is impossible to please God.” So, let’s review the definition of “faith” that the writer provides us in the surrounding context:
Hebrews 11:1-7 (NIV)
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” (Cf. Genesis 5:24) For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 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. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
In Chapter 11, the writer of the Book of Hebrews helps us understand the components of faith. It is the substance of what we hope for and the evidence of what we do not see. Faith is what gives us the foundation to understand the creation of the universe. And the writer indicates that faith is what drives us to action to pursue relationship with our Creator. In these first few verses we see the human desire to relate to God; to show Him reverence; and to please Him unfold. Through examples designed to help us move from an abstract concept of faith to a purposeful demonstration of it, we discover that faith is an integral part of our being. We can speak of faith (and the love that flows from it) as a noun; however, ultimately the actions of faith and love are verbs. The reality and sincerity of a faith rooted in love are found in the relational actions which are motivated by them.
To me, our Verse of the Day, explains how faith pleases God. It is clear from the context that faith drives our hearts to seek God with the purpose of having a personal relationship with Him. In order to “come to Him in faith” we must believe two things: 1) that God exists, and 2) that He rewards those who are earnestly seeking Him. These two beliefs are essential to the formation of a faith that will delight God. Indeed, it brings Father God delight when we acknowledge Him through worship and show Him reverence through obedience. It delights Him for your faith to express itself with confidence and freedom and joy! Yes, nurture your faith to see hope in what is unseen and to trust God with every fiber of your being! God loves you with an everlasting love! Just believe it and He will be pleased and make Himself at home with you…. (Cf. John 14:23)
In my prayer time this morning, I considered that God has need of nothing. I contemplated that He does not need the world or anything or anyone in it. He has an entire universe filled with awesome wonders to delight Him. Yet, God made creatures. He intentionally created living beings. And I believe His purpose was to enjoy dynamic fellowship with them. God is love! And it is His love that God longs to share with His creation! He wants us to experience true love and the joy and peace that will fill our hearts. Indeed, Father God has manifested this deep desire since the creation and throughout the millennia. Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—God’s eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, because they are understood through the things God has made. So, humans are without excuse. (Cf. Romans 1:20) And in these last days, He has spoken to us through His Son. (Cf. Hebrews 1:2)
My friends, what I have discovered on my journey of faith is how much God yearns for people to know Him. For this purpose, Jesus came to earth as a Son of Man to show us the Father; to reveal His compassion; to demonstrate His passionate love; to manifest His desire for intimate relationship with us. Through Jesus, we can know with certainty that God exists because He is the exact representation of His Being. When we believe Jesus, when we place our faith in Him, we please the Father! When we abide in Jesus, and He in us, we are positioned to bear fruit … the action of faith and love. Indeed, through Jesus, we have assurance that we will receive the crown of eternal life as an inheritance and reward. (Cf. James 1:12) So, if you believe that God rewards those who diligently seek Him, then I believe you will pursue Jesus with all your heart….
So Now You Know…
Have a Blessed Day!
So, faith comes from hearing the Good News. And people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ. ~ Romans 10:17