Content from A Norvell Note
Vol. 12 No. 32 | August 10, 2009
"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."(Hebrews 11:6, NIV)
Think about that statement: "Without faith it's impossible to please God."
Here's what it means.
It means that when life gets complicated and we begin to doubt our purpose for being on the earth, we're not pleasing to God.
It means that when we question our worth as human beings we are not pleasing God.
It means that when a tragedy happens and we doubt God's presence or we become critical of how God handles the situation we are not pleasing God.
It means that when faced with a crisis and we are convinced that "Nothing good could ever come from this situation," we are not pleasing God.
It means that when life is hard and everything seems to be going wrong we must be very careful not to blame God or assume that He has forgotten us, or we run the risk of not pleasing God.
It means that when we become weary in doing good and question whether our efforts for the Lord will ever be noticed, or if we'll ever see the benefits of our service, we run the risk of not pleasing God.
We want to please God, don't we? Because we want to please Him we must learn to trust that He exists and that He rewards those who seek him.
Just as it disappoints a father when his son doubts his love, or a daughter questions her mothers desire to see her succeed, it surely displeases God when we choose not to believe that He exists and question whether or not He wants to reward us for coming to Him in faith.
This is what it means when we trust Him.
It means that when life gets tough and we call on Him for strength and wisdom to face the challenges, He is pleased.
It means that when we engage in a conversation surrounding the latest tragedy, and someone asks, "Where is God when things like this happen?" and we respond, "He is always present with those who suffer," He is pleased.
It means that when nothing seems to be going our way, our friends dessert us, and call us foolish for hanging on to our faith in a God who would allow such suffering, He is pleased.
It means that when we are face the most impossible of situations with confidence that God will bring us through it, He is pleased.
It means that in situations where we cannot see any possible good that could come from what's happening, but place our trust in Him to help us see the good that others cannot see, He is pleased.
It means that when we have faith...even small amounts of faith...faith the size of a mustard seed...and we hang on to that faith because we know He exists and rewards those who earnestly see Him, God is surely pleased.
When questions come, trust Him. When doubts overwhelm, trust Him. When sadness occurs, trust Him. When fear consumes, trust Him. Trust Him. It pleases Him.