I was listening to a radio preacher this week who quoted Hebrews 11.6: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
The preacher then said after reading this Scripture that he didn’t know why it was that we needed faith to please God.
That surprised me because I always considered that it was obvious why it is that you need faith to make God happy: you need faith to please anyone you are in a love-based relationship with.
Can you imagine marrying a wonderful person who says that they will love you always, serve you without hesitation, tell everyone I meet how wonderful you are, always cook your favourite meal for you, go on holiday where you want and let you control the remote every night? But – they will not believe a single word you say!
That would not please you, and it wouldn’t please anyone. We all want people to know when we speak that our words are honest and we can be trusted.
But that is how many Christians treat God – I will serve Him with all my heart, I will go to church, I will pray and fast and work and serve, I will evangelize, I will do this and that and this and that, but I refuse to believe His Word.
Don’t do that, because you won’t please God. If He says that “By His stripes you were healed” then you were healed and you are healed. Take Him at His Word! If He says “I will supply all your needs” then get excited – your needs WILL be met. If He says He will be your Shepherd then you don’t ever have to worry about getting lost.
Not only will you please God, but if you take Him at His Word, then you will simply walk in peace in your life. Now that makes God really happy – you being at peace. He loves you so much and you having peace makes Him really happy,