Hebrews 11:6 – This Faith Thing!!!

Today we write Hebrews 11:6 our memory verse in 3 versions:

But 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 diligently seek Him.  NKJV

You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely look for him.  TLB The Living Translation

5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.  The Message

Enoch is an even greater hero of faith (11:5). He never experienced death at all. Enoch walked with God and pleased God (see Ge 5:24). Because of his faithfulness God took him. The principle to be observed here again is that without faith it is impossible to please God and gain life (11:6). God rewards faith, as the story of Enoch demonstrates. The one who would approach God and walk with God must grasp in faith not merely that God exists but that God is a rewarder of the faithful. Faith trusts that he comes as rewarder to those who earnestly seek him.

I wasn’t taught about faith in school or in the home.   My parents wanted us to have a religious education, but they wanted us to seek it on our own.  I found it difficult to raise my kid in the same environment.  So I went to church and was involved in church during their upbringing.   My faith came when I trusted in God in the low times of my life.  When I became a seeker of the truth and a relationship with God – so much more of my faith made sense to me.   Faith comes to those who first believe and then realize that God will come to them with what they need, when they need it – only if they earnestly seek him out.

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