What is it that pleases God? Is it helping out those in need? Making sure we read the Bible and pray daily? Being kind to that person who’s really getting under our skin?
Those are all great things to do, but they aren’t what God’s Word says pleases Him. Do you know what does please Him? According to Hebrews 11:6, faith is what pleases God! Why? Because based off of what that verse says, it takes faith to draw close to Him – first of all, faith that He exists, and secondly, that He rewards those who seek Him!
When you think about it, it really shouldn’t be a surprise that faith is what pleases God, because the entire new covenant (the way God relates to us since Jesus gave His life for us at the cross) is based off of faith. It is through FAITH that we receive salvation (Eph 2:8). It is FAITH in what Jesus did for us that makes us right with God (Rom 3:24). We see God’s promises come to pass when we have FAITH that they will manifest in our lives (Mtt 21:21-22). Since this is the case, wouldn’t it make since that it is through faith that we please God?
Do you know why faith pleases God? Because it is through faith that we can approach God – faith in who He is and what He’s done for us – and what God wants from us most of all is for us to enter into a relationship with Him. Faith makes this possible, and therefore, it pleases God!
We should follow the instructions God gives us in His Word because He knows what’s best for us, but doing and saying all the right things isn’t what pleases Him. It is faith that pleases Him. Draw near to God through faith. Believe that He’s there for you, and that He rewards those who seek Him diligently!
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!