The words, “It is impossible to please God without faith” seem pretty straightforward, but still leave questions about how that works. The last part of the verse reveals the answer, “Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Well, that’s simple enough, isn’t it? I mean, why would you search for God if you don’t believe He exists? Why would you pray if you don’t believe He rewards those who seek Him?
Once again, I believe we’re talking about mindset and heartset. The condition of our heart in relation to God. See, we who are believers can fall into the rut of doing what we’ve always done. We become complacent in our “faith” because we’ve allowed the fire to fade.
The word we see translated as “sincerely” in the NLT version is ‘zerizut,’ which means “eagerness” or “haste” — picture the haste with which the people of Israel left Egypt. They collected their belongings and ran away from Egypt toward God and His reward of a land flowing with milk and honey.
This is the faith by which we should be seeking the Almighty. We leave where we are—mentally, emotionally, spiritually—and eagerly run toward Him, knowing that He exists, He is God, and trusting that He rewards those who do this eager seeking of Him.
It might be time to do just that.
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Faye Bryant is an author, coach, and speaker who helps individuals escape the lies of the enemy, live into God’s truth, and build a better life by first feeling, dealing, and healing their way through a stuck future or an abused past, toward a deeper path of purpose, and into the unhackable life of their chosen legacy. Hers is a story of resurrection: from death to life!