Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
Read that verse again and again. Let its truth sink into the bedrock of your soul. The verse doesn’t mention charisma, talent, money or prestige. It mentions only faith, and that, without it, it is impossible to please God. This verse does not refer to “saving faith.” It refers to the ability to trust God for everything, even though there isn’t even a hint of the divine provision materializing (Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.)
I grew up in a home where my parents were people of remarkable faith. My earliest pastor was a man named Willis Smith. I remember him so clearly and dearly. He was a man of faith, who preached faith, who lived by faith, and as a result over 70 of my relatives eventually came to know Christ as Lord. Pastor Smith walked into St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1936 and was led by the Holy Spirit into a cancer ward. There he saw a 20-year-old woman dying. She was already in a terminal coma, according to her physician. Pastor Smith prayed a simple prayer, anointed the woman with oil (according to James 5:14) and walked out of the hospital. Several days later….Faye walked out, too. She lived another almost fifty years of active and effective work for her healing Lord. How do I know this story? Faye was my cousin. Pastor Smith’s faith was contagious, and like falling dominoes, one after another of our family came to know Christ through that miracle, either directly or indirectly.
Faith is not some “wizard of Oz” experience. Faith is based on substance (again refer to Hebrews 11:1). We learned from our beloved pastor that we can do anything God calls upon us to do through Christ Who strengthens us. In your world today, all things are possible. Faith is the key to unlock God’s provisions. Together let’s ask the Lord to greatly increase our faith today.
Prayer: O God, if I truly cannot please you without faith, then increase my faith, I ask. My faith is bolstered by Your Word, either reading or hearing it. So I saturate my soul today with the Scriptures that my faith be built up and in so doing I please You. Amen.