Weekly Devotional~ Your faith pleases God

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6

For most, it is very hard to picture an all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful God that not only created the heavens and the earth but also desires the best for us.  Even those who are strong in their faith have moments where they begin to wonder if they are getting lost in the eternity that encompasses God.  Little do we know, this bit of doubt begins to take from our divinely appointed duty of pleasing God.  We know that He most desires our hearts and minds to be full of faith and confidence, but often times our human nature creeps in and steals a bit of the light.  Hebrews 11:6 is a beautiful verse that can give us a good booster shot of power and reassurance, and get us back on track to greatly pleasing Him.
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From this scripture we can draw two fundamental beliefs one must hold tight to as a Christian.  

The first belief:

Your world and your own existence is a direct result of the Holy command of the Lord Himself.  Not one ounce of help or assistance, not one smear of doubt as to what He wanted to do;  we are here because He is God, and He spoke us into existence.
(Heb 11:6b)

We must remember who our God is.  Before our problems and issues and worries were even a part of the human element, there was a divine moment where all was pulsating to the beat of the breath of the Lord.  Nothing was stained, and His presence filled the entire universe.  When we can connect with this truth and consume it so that it becomes a part of our belief system, we can live in His world instead of our own.  Our doubts can dissipate, and our worries can calm.  For all that we are in and of was designed by a sovereign Lord; and done so, flawlessly.

The Lord not only created us to occupy His creation but also filled each of us with great qualities and virtues to fuel our strong desires to accomplish incredible goals and dreams while on this earth.  As society dictates who we should be, we as humans begin to fear our futures and doubt our capabilities.  In doing so we are doubting the power of God and who we are spiritually.  When we remember that He placed each of us where we are in order to be a part of His great plan, we should move from a feeling of fear or doubt to one of encouragement and peace; leaning on Him as our strength and guidance. He may not have taught us how to drive along the road through life, but He certainly did not leave us without a captain!  

Thus, the second fundamental belief we can draw from Hebrews 11:6 is:

Your future and the road you travel to it are known only to God, and it is most imperative that He maintains control of how you reach your destiny; He is the one who put it there and it was with a great purpose. (Heb 11:6c)


Through something as simple as a stranger's smile or a weekly prayer card, the Lord will use any means available to carry out His perfect and pleasing will.  He has the plan already set and it is just a matter of how it gets done.  Though we may not know the details, what scripture tells us is still nourishing.  Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that His plan is to prosper each and every person on this earth, more likely than not by using us to grow one another.  He wishes no harm on anyone.  He expects us to hope, and wait for Him.  He intends for us to experience a great eternal future.  Doesn't this perfectly supplement that great reward we read about in Hebrews 11:6c?  When I first read these words I could only see down the road as far as my career or my son growing to college-age.  Now I read this with a great maturity and anticipation;  I read this and see my eternity.  

God is pleased when we have faith in Him.  He does not intend to weaken us by asking for our control, but rather to strengthen us through faith.  Thus, handing over the keys to your destiny should not feel like a loss, but a great gain.  I liken it to a child handing over the keys to a rocket ship;  sure it would be nice to claim it for yourself and only ever get to tinker around with the control panel, but if you do not know how to drive the thing you might as well hand over the keys to someone who does and enjoy the ride as you learn.

Knowing that He created Heaven and earth and spent the time to form you as well as equip you with a dream and the means to reach it; this is the foundation of a faith that can last a lifetime.  Not much can be done to shake you if you hold tight to these two truths from Hebrews 11:6.  Make it a goal to memorize Hebrews 11:6 by the end of the day.  By recalling this one scripture verse, you can be reminded of who you are and what His plan is for you and the unbreakable faith that grows from this will keep you pleasing the Lord each day.

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