Heb 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
In our verse, we are clearly told that faith is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY to please God and have a close walk of communion with Him. In this verse, the Lord tells us we must possess faith in two basic areas… the PRESENT and the FUTURE:
- Faith in the PRESENT involves a continual recognition of the Lord’s intervention in our lives.
It is saying, “I believe that He exists and He is actively intervening in my life. He is with me, caring for me, blessing me, leading me and enabling me to fulfill His desires in me.” In other words, it is believing that “He is”
Just as Abel presented his sacrifice to the Lord, mingled with faith; so, too, our lives should be a lived as a sacrifice of faith presented to Him every day (vs 4).
- Faith in the FUTURE involves exercising faith in the promises for our future that the Lord has given to us.
It is saying that “I believe the sufferings of this world are only temporary, I am going to a far better place to be with the Lord. I believe any sacrifice I make is insignificant because, someday, I will be rewarded for my faithfulness”… this is believing that “He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”
We are reminded of this type of faith in the life of Enoch, who faithfully served the Lord and was rewarded by being translated, opening to him an eternity in the Lord’s presence (vs 5).
Let’s all strive to live our lives as a living sacrifice, motivated by these two types of faith in our hearts.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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