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 is known as the ‘heroes of the faith’ chapter. Many of the great stories of the Bible and the people who lived them are listed in this ‘Hall of Faith.’ Over 15 times the author says “By faith…” and then tells of the one who trusted and lived for God.
There is one negative ‘faith verse’ and it may be the most powerful in this chapter. Here it is – verse 6. It is not ‘by faith’ but ‘without faith.’ The vital nature of faith when it comes to a relationship with God is powerfully communicated through this contrasting verse in Hebrews 11.
What do we learn?
- Without faith it is impossible to please God. It’s not just more difficult, it’s impossible. There must be the belief that God exists for there to be a relationship with Him.
- Believing in God’s good nature is a part of faith. He rewards those who earnestly seek Him! God is not distant and uninvolved. Some who believe that He exists (you can’t explain creation without the Creator) but, they would say, the likelihood that God considers us or knows what is happening in our lives is very unlikely. This lack of faith in God’s good character makes it impossible to please Him.
What God wants (amazingly!) is relationship with us. So a faith that pleases Him is one that believes that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
What’s the reward for seeking God? I hesitate to start a list! For me, here’s a short one…
- I know who I am; where I came from; where I am going
- Purpose for living
- Unconditional Love
- Friendship with God
Lord Jesus – thank You for these rewards based in my relationship with You. My faith and trust are in You. Lead me into this day… I choose to walk with You.