Do You Believe?

 “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” (Hebrews 11:6).

 Two main parts to faith.              

  1. Believe that God exists
  2. Believe that He rewards those who seek Him diligently

 It is the second part of this where most people fail when it comes to faith.  Most people believe God exists.  We believe God can part the Red Sea, feed the 5,000, change people’s hearts by intervening in their lives like with Saul who became Paul.  We believe God CAN do these things, but the question of faith is WILL God do these things?

The even deeper and more profound question is: will God do these things for me?  The question of faith really rests in this, do we have faith in the Eternal God’s love for us?  Does God care about me?  Is God concerned about what is happening to me?

An interesting part of the equation in regard to faith is action.  James says “I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18).  In this verse there is implied action to one who believes.  If you really, truly believe that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him, what will you do?  You will seek Him!  If you believe that God rewards those who seek Him and you have free access to seeking Him, you would make this the main priority of your life.

So what happens if you find yourself not seeking God?  Well, you must conclude in yourself that you do not truly believe that God is the rewarder of those who seek Him.  The question of faith that each of us must answer is not whether or not we believe God exists, but whether or not we can trust God’s promises and His intentions for us.  Do you trust that He loves you?  Do you trust that He wants the best for you?  Do you trust that He has more wisdom and intelligence, more foresight and a better handle on life than you do?  Do you trust that He wants to see you fulfill your potential?  Do you believe that He really wants you to dwell with Him forever?

These are the questions of faith that each person must answer.  In fact these are the questions you must ask in any relationship.  And the way you learn to answer these questions about God is the same way you learn to answer these questions about any person with whom you have a relationship.  You spend time with Him.  You answer the questions based on the things He says and does.  As with any person, you find out who they really are by spending time with them.

We find out about God’s character by spending time with Him through prayer and study of His Word, the Bible.  The Bible was written to give us plenty of record about who God really is and about what His heart and intentions toward us are.  You cannot spend much time studying and praying before you begin to know what kind of spirit God has.  Just like you learn about others’ spirits and attitudes through spending time with them, you can learn about God’s Spirit and attitude by spending time with Him.  He will reveal Himself to those who seek Him and you can come to know Him very intimately and personally.

 The question is:  do you believe in Him enough to seek Him diligently?

- Written by David Liesenfelt  Copyright © 2004