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.
I think it’s funny that I mistakenly think I can impress God by what I do. But He is pleased by my faith. I don’t think He’s clapping His hands and air five-ing me when I make situations turn out the way I want or pretend I’m trusting him while devising back up plans in case He doesn’t come through. That isn’t faith; that doesn’t please Him.
He rewards those who sincerely seek Him... This is not a passage just for new Believers. Why shouldn’t I sincerely seek Him every single day and in every moment of that day? I don’t want to mistakenly assume this scripture means God was pleased with me once a long time ago the day I believed in Jesus. God is being pleased when I continue to seek Him and probably not to happy with me when I don’t.
It’s impossible... Relying on myself and my own resources, my own ideas, what I consider to be entitlements, my imagination, and my abilities doesn’t impress the One True and Living God. It was Ben Franklin who said “God helps those who help themselves.” God didn’t say that. God doesn’t think that. He wants me to rely on HIM for EVERYTHING all the time, but usually I save that for the really big stuff.
It’s a total “cart before the horse” scenario: Naturally, I think, “Oh, I’ll do that thing and please God.” When in all actuality it should be, “Oh, I’ll sincerely seek God and then see what things He wants me to do!”
So, I choose to sincerely seek Him in the small stuff too. This is also considered giving God control of my life, my thoughts, my actions, and my words. May seem like it’s overdoing it a bit much, after all God did give me some brains, right? But how ‘bout I use those brains to sincerely seek Him (NLT), earnestly seek Him (NIV), and diligently seek Him (NKJ).
Thank you for truly taking all the pressure off of me for all decision making by requiring me to earnestly seek you, to not be causal about your will, and to have the desire to please you. I love you and thank you so much for filling my life with good things, for making things work out for my good, and for taking such good care of me. And I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.