April 28, 2021 – Wednesday
Hebrews 11:6 NIV
6 And 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.
The number one thing to notice in this verse is that the writer did not say without faith it is challenging to please God. Instead, the writer did say, without faith it is impossible to please God. Want to please God? Good works won’t do it. What will do it is the question.
What does it is believing He exists and further that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Some versions of the Bible do not have earnestly or diligently or truly or sincerely seek Him, but most do have one or more of these. Guzik quotes Newell here with a sad commentary on many professing Christians, These two elements seem most simple, but, alas, how many professing Christians act as if God were not living; and how many others, though seeking after Him, are not expecting from Him as Rewarder! Ellicott’s Commentary adds, Thus the very statement that Enoch pleased God is an assertion that in him faith was found. No one can be the habitual worshipper of God (this is what the phrase implies) if his faith does not grasp these two truths.
One question remains, how do we go about seeking Him? How do we seek God? My quick answer would be prayer and reading the Bible. But my quick answer would come up short. Why? Because our faith in coming to Him must come through Jesus, believing Jesus exists and died for our sins. Admitting we are sinners, Believing Jesus paid the price for our sins and that He rose on the third day and then Calling on Him as our Lord and Savior. As a result of this A-B-C, we have our first rewards from God. What rewards are those you ask? We are no longer condemned to hell and we get to spend eternity with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in heaven doing whatever we will be doing there. How great a reward is heaven? Consider your best day here on earth and know a day in heaven is infinitely better.
The interesting part of all of this is that God was seeking us through His Son. He wants us to be saved to join Him in heaven. He revealed His great love and mercy for us through His Son in a way that is almost incomprehensible to us. This was revealed by Paul’s statement in Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
To not believe, to ignore God’s love and mercy takes on a negative faith of its own. It replaces the worship of God who loves us immeasurably with love of self or some idol that does not and cannot love us. Once we begin to believe, it is normal to seek Him, to want to understand Him, to know Him – at least as much as possible. Why? Because His love is such that it compels us to do so. This likely goes back to Proverbs 8:17, I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me NIV or more in line with the verse of the day, I love those who love Me; And those who diligently seek Me will find Me NASB. Then there are Jesus words to His disciples in Luke 11:9-10, So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, If I understand Jesus correctly, our diligently seeking will result in sooner or later finding that which we seek. In this case it is You we seek to know as much as it is possible for us to do so. Bless our efforts and let us see what we are able to see. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.