“And 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 seek Him.”
By nature, little children want to please their parents. They want to show daddy or mommy, “Look what I can do!” While this sometimes leads to bruises and tears, it’s a thrill to see a child’s heart geared toward making mom or dad smile with joy.
It’s the same thing with God. But in His case, we don’t have to wonder what brings a smile to His lips; it’s faith.
We can do all of the “right” things, never skipping a check box on the list of Christian disciplines; and while this is certainly good, God wants us to know that if we do these things without faith, His heart is not yet moved to unrestrained joy.
Faith however, excites God. If we believe–as the writer of Hebrews says–that He is, and that He gives good things to those who reach out to Him, God turns to His right, throws His arm around Jesus’ shoulder and says, “Look over there. Now there is someone I can’t get enough of!
Faith is the heart that says, “God can do anything.” It is also the heart which trusts enough to say, “Even when I cannot understand, I choose to trust in the God I cannot see.”
When God sees in our hearts both consistent trust and constant–”I think God is about to do something miraculous!”–expectation, He knows he can work within us and through us to bring about powerful change in the world around us.
Faith is for anyone; we don’t have to be perfect to have the kind of faith which moves God. A prostitute (Rahab) in the Old Testament moved God to action, just as in the New Testament, a Canaanite woman referring to herself as a dog–figuratively begging crumbs from Jesus–received healing for her daughter.
Regardless of our challenges or our shortcomings, we can start with a little faith . . . today.
Where is my faith, right now? If I add just a tiny bit of trust, and a piece of expectation to my day, I can please God. And if I am pleasing God, who knows what He might decide to do?