Year of Calling: Walk in Faith

 

Week 46 Word: Walk in Faith

Week 46 Text: Hebrews 11:6

Written By: Diana Dunne

 

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)

 

Impossible. One thing you can say about God. He doesn’t mince words. Not “difficult” to please Him. Not “tough” to please Him. He says it’s impossible—without faith.

 

Are you ready to cry out with me, “Lord, increase my faith”? We would certainly be in good company; Jesus’ own disciples did just that in Luke 17.

 

But grab your little mustard seed of faith and walk with me to some fertile ground. Look at the second part of that verse with me. Now here is logic…and truth!

 

If anyone desires to come to God, they must believe two things: 1) he exists, and 2) he rewards sincere seekers. Now that first thing is, for most of us, a no-brainer. One simply cannot have faith in something if they do not believe it exists. For example, I don’t believe Batman exists, so I don’t shine a bat light into the sky expecting him to help me. On the other hand, I do believe gravity exists. If I drop something, it falls. But that is a matter of fact; it does not require faith.

 

Which leads us to the second part: “he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Unlike our experiences with gravity, our spiritual experiences often seem to contradict this statement. Ever stood up for Christ and been smacked down? Ever hurt yourself trying to help someone? Walking out our faith sometimes feels like punishment, not reward. But herein lies the truth about faith.

 

Faith is the utter confidence that God not only exists, but He is actively working good things in our lives. He is not a distant God. He is not a dispassionate force. God is not gravity; He created it. Just because gravity causes me to fall when I trip does not mean God’s not using gravity for my good. (I’d be hard-pressed to stay on the surface of the planet without it.) Though I believe gravity exists, I don’t have faith in it. I have faith in God. And because He created a force that keeps my feet on solid ground, He expects me to walk on it confidently.

 

Here’s the thing. Faith is like spiritual muscle. It must be exercised; it must be walked out. Faith is useless until it is put to work in the physical world—not just to do good, but to know good will come of what we do in faith. Thanks be to God that we do not have to depend on our own spiritual “body building.” He doesn’t expect us to run a marathon, just walk. Walk forward in faith.

 

That’s all. It’s not impossible. It just takes a little faith. And a big God.

 

Application Questions:

1. What does “sincerely seeking” God really look like? Where are you sincerely seeking Him?

2. What do you have a little faith for? How can you walk forward in that?

3. Prayer is a walking in faith. Write a prayer over the situation, issue or person you just thought about in the previous question.