“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe
that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6

Here are two keys to faith, the first being to believe that God is.

‘Who do I say You are?’ Moses asked God.
‘I am that I am,’ God answered (Exodus 3:14).

In other words, ‘I am whatever you need.’ Are you lonely tonight? God is the Friend who’s closer than a brother. Are you confused about what to do? He is the Door. Are you feeling like you’re walking in a haze? He’s the Good Shepherd. Faith hopes for the unseen because it believes God Is.

Secondly, faith believes God is the One who will meet the needs deep within my heart. There are those who believe God is — but they don’t really seek Him. Why must we diligently seek God? Why isn’t it enough just to believe He is whatever we have need of? Because God knows if we diligently seek Him, the very things we were seeking Him about will fade in importance as we realize it’s Him we sought all along.

I believe most of us have no problem with the first of these two keys to faith. We believe God is. But because we don’t believe He rewards those who seek Him, we seek Him haphazardly or half-heartedly, if at all.

‘I don’t have time,’ you might be saying. Not true. We have time to golf; time to see the Blazers play; time to water-ski, fix the plumbing, and go to the dentist. Every single one of us has time. No exceptions. We do what we want and make time for what is of value to us.

Throughout history, the common denominator in the lives of those who have been blessed is they have all been those who realize God enjoys our company. And when we seek Him, we’re rewarded not because we’re going through some legal system, trying to earn brownie points — but just because hanging out with the Lord opens the door to fabulous blessing from Him.

 


This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book “A Days Journey” by Pastor Jon.  Used with permission.  www.joncourson.com