"But without faith it is impossible to please him (God)..."
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who
can know it?" (Jer 17:9). Many think that they are pleasing God by
their good works while they fail to worship God in spirit and in truth.
Many are even proud of their mega churches and large membership. They
thank God and praise Him, and assume that God is pleased with them and
blessing them while they fail to worship God according to God's Word
and way! It is very dangerous to assume that we are pleasing God when
our lives and worship are not pleasing to Him at all!
God's Word says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb 11:6). Without the
living faith in God, in the Lord Jesus Christ and in God's Word with
our trust, dependence and submission, we can never please God no matter
what we have done or how successful and prosperous we are. When we come
to God, we "must believe" that He is our living and true God and that
He is our rewarder as well as our reward when we diligently and
earnestly seek "Him." Sadly, many just seek after God's material
blessings, wealth and health, power and sign gifts but not God Himself,
nor His Word nor His will!
God will never be pleased with us if we fail to trust in Him and in His
Word. What do you think when others do not trust you and your words?
You must be very offended and feel insulted when you are regarded as an
unreliable or untrustworthy person. Truly, "For unto us was the gospel
preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit
them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it" (Heb 4:2). Many
nowadays arrogantly doubt, question and criticize God's Word! It is
serious as "whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom 14:23). It is sin
when we doubt God and His Word as well as when we fail to worship God
and live according to His Word.
THOUGHT: Is God really pleased with my life and worship?
PRAYER: Lord, help me please Thee with my faith and obedience.