by Pastor Mark Jordan
“It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6, MSG)
I love today’s verse. When reading it, it calls to mind a very important concept: faith. When the writer of Hebrews taught about faith, it was equated with trust. Earlier in this chapter, we read, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see” (11:1, MSG). Your faith and trust in God is what gives and maintains the perspective necessary to make sense of what you cannot see, knowing and believing that God is real, loves you, and has a purpose for your life.
As we look at today’s passage, we see that pleasing God requires this trust and faith for one primary reason: you must first acknowledge that God is real! If God is real — and we know elsewhere from the New Testament that God is love, 1 John 4:8, to be exact — then God must care enough to respond to you in your faith. He wants to show you his love and active your faith so you can help others know that God is real, God loves them, and God has a purpose for them, too!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me and using me to help others know how awesome you are. Help me by the power of your Spirit to approach you in all things with faith and trust so I may please you and share your love with others. I ask this I Jesus’ name. Amen.