Verse of the Day Devotion: Hebrews 11:6
“And 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 seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
The writer of Hebrews lays out in a succinct manner what is pleasing to God. It is faith in Him. You see that clearly in the first part of the verse where is says “And without faith it is impossible to please Him” Hebrews 11:6a. Actually, this phrase is stronger that what appears here, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him at all.” Without faith, there is no way to please Him at all. We can do all kinds of things that we believe will make Him happy, but without faith we are wasting our time. In fact, Paul goes as far to say, “The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.” Romans 14:22-23. Note4 what this verse said, whatever is not from faith is sin. This is why doing anything without faith does not please Him.
Now, going back to verse one, we see two components of faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 First, it is the substance of things hoped for. Now this definition of hope is much different then how we see it. We often say, “I really hope our team wins” or “I hope that book I ordered comes in today”. Modern man sees hope as something they desire to come to pass. However, hope in reference to the book of Hebrews sees it as “the assurance of things hoped for.” This fits beautifully when we see the object of the hope here. It is the fulfillment of things God has promised. We know God will do what He has promised. “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore, also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20.
Second, “the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1b. As the first component deals with future items, this one address past, and present issues that we have not seen. It says that even if we do not see it, we believe it happened as He said. Classic examples of this is the creation of the heavens and the earth, the flood that destroyed the world, except for those in the Ark, the miraculous conception of Christ, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension to glory, His mediation at the right hand of the Father, etc. In essence, believing everything we are told by Him without needing any other proof but His words.
Wrapping this up, the way we please God is to have the faith to believe everything He has said, is saying and will say to us. It also says in our focus verse that we must believe that He is. We must believe He is who He says He is, and not that He might be. We also must understand that He loves us and rewards those who truly seek after Him. If we do not believe Him in one thing, it will be difficult to believe Him in all things. And when we do believe Him, He takes great pleasure in that and will reside with us, blessing us with His presence. What greater reward can we have than to be in His presence forever.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.