“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
This little verse is tucked inside what is known as the Faith chapter in Hebrews. This chapter tells of many of the saints of old and how they had faith in God and how they were rewarded because of it. But this little verse is not just a lesson for those saints, it is a lesson for us. God expects us to have faith and for us to expect rewards from Him because of that faith.
But what is it about this faith? This verse starts with “without faith it is impossible to please him”. It doesn’t say without faith its going to be hard for you to please God or difficult to please God. No it says it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God without faith. Wow! That’s a pretty tall order. That definitely puts a new spin on this faith thing. We learned yesterday that it is our faith that leads us to our salvation and now we know too that we can’t please God without it.
But sometimes it’s hard to keep the faith isn’t it? When I am waiting on an answer for a prayer I have been praying for a long time, I will ask god to let me see Him in the process. I did this just the other day. I have something I keep laying down and as I grow weary at times, I will simply say “Lord I need to see you, my faith is getting shaky, can I just see you are still here.” And if I sit back and pay attention, I always get the answer. It may be in a conversation or a turn of events. Please know the answers are not always going to come in a Damascus road type experience. Sometimes the answers are coming in a process. We just have to pay attention and ask Him to let us see His hand.
So how do we grow our faith? Well I think the rest of this verse leads us to that.
“whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and rewards those who seek him”
Your faith will build as you spend time with Him. Bottom line. As you spend time with Him you want to please Him and your belief in Him and what He wants to do for you grows and then He rewards that time. For instance, if you think you don’t have time for a quiet time, commit to Him 30 minutes and ask Him to redeem that time for you. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish later in the day that may have taken you double the time. If you want your faith to grow, draw near to God, believe Him for whatever is concerning you and seek Him! Seek His direction for your life, seek His will for your life, seek out His heart. As you do your faith will grow and as your faith grows you can know that you are pleasing God and He will reward that. The rewards I have received from time spent with Him are too numerous to count.