Faith, as we’ve talked about, is acting on your beliefs. It’s something we do in the natural world all the time but have a harder time doing when it comes to God and faith. Unfortunately, there are some sad repercussions for those who choose to live without faith.
In Hebrews 11:6, Paul writes, “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
This reminds me of a verse with similar wording. When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan and came up from the water, a voice from heaven said: “This is my son, in whom I’m well pleased.” This was at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry. At this point, we don’t know of any miracles or teaching that He has done — so God wasn’t pleased with Him because of His works.
We can conclude that the Father’s declaration of pleasure came right from the way Jesus lived. Jesus lived by faith. To that point, He was successful in everything in His life because God was pleased. Not because Jesus was His son, but because Jesus lived by faith.
It’s not our athletic skills, our smarts, or our abilities that please God. Sure, He’s happy as a Father, but He’s not pleased. He’s pleased when we walk by faith.
We believe Him at His word. We’re telling Him, “You don’t have to show me anything, God. Just tell me, and I’ll not only believe you, but I’ll act on it.”
“Look at that. I said something to him, and he’s doing it. I’m so pleased.”
Parents will understand this. Have you told your child to do something — and they didn’t? How did they respond? When I was a child, we had rules and chores. If we didn’t get it done, mama wasn’t pleased. But when we did our chores, picked up, and took out the trash the first time we were told, mom and dad were both pleased. It’s no different with God.
He doesn’t stop loving us when we aren’t obedient. He’ll keep loving you even if you never do anything He says. Whatever we do, good or bad, won’t change God’s love for us. Pleasing Him, though, is another story.
God is pleased when we do what He says because it helps us. He rewards those who diligently seek Him — those who have faith. Matthew 6:33 says that if we seek His kingdom first, He’ll add everything we need: food, clothing, shelter — everything.
If you want to see these rewards, you have to live by faith. It’s more than just believing in Him. It’s diligently seeking Him, looking for a relationship with Him, and trusting Him at His Word. If you want more out of your relationship with God, you have to live by faith.
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