“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6, NLT
Since you are here reading this devotional, you are seeking God. You believe that God exists and you are chasing after him. God rewards those who seek him—that’s you—by revealing more of himself. When you believe in God, your natural response is to seek him.
This concept of faith is intangible and lofty. Yet it is somehow so simple. You have faith and you practice it daily; you open your bible because you believe God exists and you sit in chairs because you believe they will hold you. Either way, you’re placing your trust outside of you. Faith exists when we admit that God is God. We place our faith in him. We pass the baton and he is well pleased to play the role of Father. We take on the role of a child. Children have faith immediately because they always take a word as truth. Children jump. Our father always catches us.
“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed then from a distance…” (Hebrews 11:13, NIV). Sometimes we go through life seeking God’s promises but they seem distant. Fulfillment seems to be beyond our reach. This can be discouraging.
As a couple, we have a goal to be debt free. We have been dealing with some student loans. We shave off money here and there, testing our limits of financial comfort. Can we spend less in this area? Can we sell that? We have been knocking this debt out! With 3 of 5 loans down, the end was in sight; we would finish in October. Then came 2 surprise loans, which nearly tripled our remaining balance. Talk about discouraging.
We have a few options on how to respond to this (including taking the money we do have and running off the grid to a beach never to be found by collectors). But that is not how we will respond. Even as we crunch the numbers and scour the budget for places to tighten up, one line on the budget will remain untouched – tithe. We tell you this not to earn pity or look righteous. We tell you this because of how important it is to continue to have faith in God. It requires faith to give 10% of your income (instead of putting it toward debt). Even if we don’t see an end in sight, we are faithful. We do not falter in tithing and it is the ONLY reason we even came within four months of paying off debt. That faithfulness to God will see us through to completing the entire balance.
This is just the kind of faith that pleases God – the childlike faith that presses forward towards his promises regardless of how distant they seem. God is faithful and he rewards us for seeking him.
We consistently seek redemption for all, but the work is incomplete. This requires faith. We have faith that God’s promises will make their way into our lives and we have faith that all lives will be revitalized. Faith continues on in us, pressing us ever forward. Without faith, there is no movement. If there are no promises to come that we truly believe in, we lack motivation. But when we have faith, we seek God. When we seek God, he rewards us with his presence. When we experience his presence, we believe and our faith grows. We seek more of him. We discover more. The loop continues, because God is infinite and there is always more to discover. Yet it all starts with faith.