“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
I’m a proud father of four children and I love spending time with each one of them. I love it when they ask me questions and seek out my advice concerning something they care about. I love it when the heed my counsel and take to heart my perspective and recommendations. Perhaps this is something akin to what the author of Hebrews addresses above. It pleases the Lord when we come to him “in faith,” trusting in Him because He is good, loving, and worthy of our utmost devotion and respect. Faith is a gift, but it is also an act of the will. When we walk in faith we demonstrate by our actions where our loyalties truly lie. Our faith is tested the most when it comes to the things that we care most about. Sometimes it boils down to the issue of Lordship — do I trust that God is in control, or do I feel like I should try to take the reins and usurp his authority?
Faith presupposes belief. Before we can put our trust in something, we must first believe it exists. The Bible tells us that everyone has knowledge of God’s existence (Romans 1:23-28), hence the question is whether or not we will place our relational trust in him and allow him to be our everything.
The author of Hebrews tells us that the Lord rewards those who earnestly seek him. When we consider the fact that God is himself the source of life, love, and all things good, it only makes sense that when we truly pursue him, it is reward itself. We may be fooled into thinking that “the good” is an abstract thing, or a concrete, finite entity, but “the good” is God Himself. When we earnestly seek the Lord we will truly find what we are looking for. Enjoy the journey of pursuing God’s presence and you will find yourself to be among the most fortunate of souls.
Word for the Way:
Seeking the Lord is its own reward.