Pleasing God

Monday, September 9, 2019

“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 NIV)

Everything in life is based on faith.  Even those who don’t believe in God, have faith that when they are in their car, other drivers are going to obey the traffic lights; and that when they go to a restaurant, they aren’t going to be served old food that might get them sick.  And who would get in an elevator without faith that the elevator has been properly maintained, or on a plane without faith in the expertise of the pilot?  The bottom line is that every human relationship is ultimately based on trust.  And so is our relationship with God.  From Genesis to Revelation, it is clear that the one thing that God wants is not for us to sing to him or study him, or to be good, but for us to put our faith in him.  Think of it:  In order to become a Christian, I must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  And as a Christian, I have to believe that God is speaking to me through his Word or my Scripture reading becomes a mere ritual.

When Jesus was on earth, the Bible doesn’t say that he was amazed at anyone’s singing voice, or other skill or accomplishment; but it does say that he was amazed when he found someone who had faith.  How is it for you today?  Do you feel you are lacking in your faith in God?  The Bible says, “Build yourself up in your most holy faith” (Jude 20).  We do this by spending time in the Lord's presence and in his Word, and in fellowship with God’s people.  We can also ask him to increase our faith, as the early disciples did.  Let’s do this today, for our God is pleased when we have faith in him and in his wonderful promises to us.

Read Hebrews 11:1-12 on faith.

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