Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Drawing a connecting line between “Almighty God” and “impossible”, there are just a few things impossible for Him: it is impossible for God to lie and it is impossible to please Him without faith.

Our impossibilities on the other hand are numerous. Job asks an interesting question (Job 11:7):

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?”

Well, can we? Probably not – it is an impossible thing for human beings to understand God fully, although in an attempt to decipher God’s handwriting we have been exploring the universe. It is impossible for us to get a grip on aging. It is impossible for us to beat death. Unfortunately, it is not impossible for humans to lie. However, like God, we will have a problem with people who don’t believe in us.

Imagine a person in your life who refuses to believe in you. Every time you needed encouragement to make a bold move, this person would point out your weaknesses as a potential hazard. Picture yourself being around that person for any length of time and ask yourself this question: Would it be possible for this particular person to please you with expensive gifts? This is highly hypothetical of course, but if the answer is “no” then you may appreciate the Lord’s point of view and understand that nothing we do can please Him, unless we have faith in Him.

If God is just a word, He dissolves into black and white and the dos and don’ts begin to dominate our thinking. Without faith, God becomes a lifeless rule book, and we need to ask ourselves: how good are we really at playing by the rules? I would suggest, this has never been our forte. Even if it was, God would still not be pleased with us.

Let us have faith in God. We believe in the Lord, and the Lord believes in us – this is how faith works and without faith, nothing really works.

“And I know this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And with the prairies I am calling out Your name”

Rich Mullins

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