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
After discussing creation, Cain and Abel, and Enoch as they all relate to faith, the writer of the Book of Hebrews pauses to expound slightly on pleasing God. It's perhaps one of the better known verses in Hebrews. How can we please God?
The two words are as complex as they are short. People have faith in a lot of different things: Some strongly believe that there is intelligent life outside this world that will be able to help us. Many truly believe that saving the Earth and its animal inhabitants is our salvation. Atheists have faith that what they believe is true. And many people believe that mankind will be saved when there is absolutely no oppression or financial inequities in the world.
As we continue to work through the Book of Hebrews, pay careful attention to the two characteristics that the people in the Hall of Faith had: (1) believing he exists and (2) earnestly seeking Him. And they were sure of what they hoped for and certain of what they didn't see. These faith warriors will provide us much food for thought as we seek to imitate their faith