Text: Hebrews 11:1-6
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)
Our passage talks about the definition and importance of faith. Faith is a strong persuasion that leads to a sure possession; and without it no one can please God. Faith demonstrates to the eyes of the mind the reality of those things that cannot be discerned by physical senses.
By faith, the world was created out of nothing. By faith, Abel offered up a more acceptable sacrifice. God had respect first to his person and then to his offering because it was an act of faith. “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death”. This implies that he was raptured but “before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God”. A throwback to the life of Enoch reveals that he walked with God by faith. God could not have taken Enoch to Himself if he was not a man of faith.
The Christian life is a life of faith. It takes faith to commence the Christian walk, to continue the walk and to consummate the walk. Faith is the most important part of a Christian’s life. Without it we cannot pray or receive answers to our prayer if we attempt to pray. Without it we can never find peace with God or live the victorious Christian life. And without it we will certainly never be able to please God. All through Scripture, it is emphasised that the just shall live by faith. We need faith daily as a matter of necessity. Whether we are passing through a difficult time in our marriage, family, taking or changing a job, struggling with an illness, we need faith to overcome.
Faith is so important that if we desire a great reward in our Christian walk, it must be a walk of faith and not by sight! This is what gives us a robust mandate into the untapped riches and fullness of God.
Thought for the day:
Development of faith should be a priority for Christian pilgrims.
Source: Daily Manna (A Daily Devotional Guide)