“WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD . . .”
HOW OFTEN do we stop reading beyond this part of Hebrews 11:6?
WORSE, how often do we allow our minds to merely absorb ‘impossible to please God,’ and then live out this lie and/or convince others to believe God is impossible to please?
The best part verse 6:
“…for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
GOD LOVES TO REWARD! Loves it! It’s part of His nature. Unlike His love and mercy, however, His rewards are conditional.
PROFOUND this is, and worth revelaion & understanding
Okay, I TOTALLY BELIEVE the part that says “God is,” meaning He exists. But do I, in the depths of my soul, and as confirmed by my actions, believe that God would reward me if I were to seek Him sincerely, as in, put in a lot of effort to get to know Him?
Imagine this scenario…
God: Hey, Noah, there’s a flood coming. I want you to build an ark.
Noah: Build a what? What on earth is a flood?
God: Trust me.
Noah: Are you kidding? People will think I’m crazy.
God: Build the ark. I’ll equip you with the tools necessary and unfold the blueprint as we go.
Noah: Riiiight. I’ve gotta get back to the sheep. It’s shearing season, you know. Talk to ya later.
A Rescue at sea would’ve been a major reward to miss out on had Noah followed his own understanding and walked by sight and fear rather than by faith. Ya think?
Speculation #1: Yes, God used Noah, who by faith, built the ark, to save mankind from total destruction. ⇐THAT, in and of itself, is a significant reward. But, I bet Noah’s reward went beyond just him not drowning to death to include a greater reward waiting for him in heaven.
Speculation #2: In order to hear God tell him to do something as radical as build a ship nowhere near water—and believe an unthinkable disaster was coming—Noah had to be “seeking God diligently and sincerely.” The Rewarder was true to His Word.
SELAH… ponder the magnitude of a faith so extreme and its global outcome
Cause and effect
To seek God is to know God. Depth and intensity increases in direct correlation with the extent of our effort.
Does that sound basic?
1) How deeply are you seeking?
2) Does the fruit match your answer to #1?
STOCKING UP TREASURE (rewards) IN HEAVEN