The Bible’s Old Testament heroes taught us about faith in Hebrews 11. They put their complete trust in God, giving themselves into His hands. This is a vital aspect of their lives that stands out. These individuals’ deeds and successes demonstrate that God blesses those who earnestly seek Him and that faith pleases Him.
We cannot grasp Christ since we cannot identify His appearance or voice. Faith expresses our feeling of safety and something essential about who we believe God is. It is about belief, trust, and loyalty.
What Does “Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please God” Mean?
Faith is assurance in the strength of God, the fulfillment of His promises, and His compassion. This can be seen in the Old Testament, on the cross, and at the Resurrection. The readers’ faith is waning even though the Father has remained unchanged. While the author of Hebrews cannot see into their souls, he can assess their level of trust through the evidence.
Since faith is the means by which we approach God and place our hope in Him for salvation, it is impossible to please God without faith. God gives us the faith we need to satisfy Him because of His boundless generosity. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God—not by works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8–9). The faith we need to please God is given to us by God.
Salvation comes from believing in the resurrected Christ. Our beliefs must be put into action through a pattern of imitation and inheritance. “He will not forget your effort and the love you have given him as you have assisted his people and continue to aid them” (Hebrews 6:10). The people had previously established a pattern of devoted behavior.
We observe that the strength of faith is founded on who God is and not on who we are. But the more you understand God, the more your faith will resemble his greatness. Drawing near to God is the first step in realizing that He gives great reward to those who are faithful, but faithfulness motivates us to actively and outwardly resemble the One in whom we have faith.
How To Apply It To Our Lives?
We have proven that one cannot approach God without faith. Without faith, it is also difficult to live for God—to obey and serve Him constantly, and to persevere until the end. Because we consistently place our faith, trust, and confidence in God, we are referred to as “believers.” The Christian life is started by faith and continues by faith until the end.
1. Ask For His Guidance – He put our love first and went after us first. However, now that we are aware of the truth, reading the Bible, praying, and improving our walk with God are no longer merely obligations; if we genuinely love Him, they are a source of joy. A man will have a new life center if he is truly renewed.
2. Await God’s Reward – That is to say, do not believe the prosperity gospel, which says, “All you need is faith, and you will have whatever you want.” Omitting the parts the author of Hebrews discusses, such as stonings, stabbings, and other sorts of persecution.
Throughout history, many of Christ’s disciples have perished by being killed, starving, drowning, or freezing to death. However, they were aware that any benefits offered by men were fleeting and that their reward from Christ was permanent.
3. Faith Is A Gift From God – He did not want you to trust Him or believe in His rewards before he gave you proof of His morality. Jesus gave a firsthand account of how dependable God is. Do not just profess your faith. Develop discipline. Remember that observing life’s patterns is not a one-time thing. What would it be like if God showed us such haphazard, indifferent love? We would be lost.
Why Does Faith Please God?
God is just like the rest of us when it comes to wanting to be loved and respected, which makes sense since He made us in His image. For God and His Son, Christians serve as “ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Therefore, Christians should make every effort to diligently seek and uphold their faith and defend it when necessary, courageously, and lovingly.
Christians must understand that having faith is necessary to receive many of God’s blessings and promises. In order to benefit us, God needs Christians to have faith. Without faith, it is impossible to please God if, in spite of everything He has done, they continue to doubt that God exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
The individual will not be able to love God and serve Him as they should, and God will not be able to assist and bless the person as they would like to. That does not imply that when a nonbeliever begins to seek God and his faith grows, God is not delighted. He naturally approves of that.
He Is Both Real And A Rewarder
We cannot earnestly seek Christ since we cannot identify His appearance or voice. According to the author of Hebrews, “Now faith is an assurance about what we do not see and trust in what we hope for” (Hebrews 11:1).
The book of Hebrews presents the Old Testament “in light of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ,” demonstrating Christ’s superiority and outlining “his new covenant over angels, Moses, the priesthood, and the sacrificial system.” The two main goals of the book are “to encourage Christians to endure, and to warn them not to abandon their faith in Christ.”
It is “futile” to go back to the Old Testament ways; the only way forward is through Christ. Definitions of faith sometimes refer to a belief without evidence, but the Hebrews writer points to “God’s revelation in Jesus.” God is reasonable. The Christian faith is “based in the most superior revelation.” The author almost seems to be saying, “God does not want you to believe without evidence, so all the evidence you need has been provided.”
Why Is It Impossible To Please God Without Faith?
To have faith in God is to put your complete reliance on Him. The primary idea is that trust relates to someone’s character, reputation, honesty, image, and abilities. That statement makes it very clear to us why people’s lack of faith is to blame for God’s disapproval. When people are unable to put their lives in God’s hands, it is disrespectful to God’s character, the authority of God’s Word, and His integrity.
According to His established operating procedures, everything that is done for God must be done in a way that displays His dazzling greatness. This means that whatever we do for Him, we must offer Him our utmost best. God must be trusted entirely, without any hesitation. Additionally, we must shift our attention away from any challenges that would make it difficult for us to put our trust in Him.
In order to act as God intends us to be His children, we must overcome our human flaws, which are pulling us down like a powerful gravitational force. In essence, believing God on the basis of who He is and what He is capable of doing regarding what He says in His Word honors, God. On the other hand, because it denies God’s reliability, magnificence, and faithfulness, disbelief altogether causes disgrace to God.
We Barely Know God
We learn more about God as we read the Bible, and the more we know about Him, the more we can rely on Him. You will understand why you can trust God more if you read about all the instances in which He keeps His word and promises. If we do not believe in Him, it would seem that we do not know Him well enough to do so. Strong knowledge of God and the knowledge of God is the cure for weak faith.
We Need To Believe That God Exists
Although it is difficult to believe in a deity we cannot see with our senses, Jesus asked Thomas, who had previously rejected his death and resurrection, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Those who have not seen but have believed are blessed.”
How can anything be called faith if we can see God? While it is true that seeing is believing, true faith can also be had without seeing. If we have confidence in God, we will not only accept what we see with our eyes but also believe despite what we see with our eyes, for it is impossible to please God without faith.
The fundamental foundation on which our lives as Christians are based is our faith in God revealed in Christ and God’s word. We essentially switch off God whenever we let our disbelief rule us. The eternity of the unsaved, as well as our connection with God, are both poisoned by unbelief, which makes it impossible to please God.
Our maturity level and capacity to persevere in difficult situations will depend on the faith we have in Him. Let us put in mind that without faith, it is impossible to please God, so we should honor Him by putting our faith in Him in a way that respects His character.