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 few things impossible for Him: it is impossible for God to lie and it is impossible to please Him without believing in Him.

Our impossibilities on the other hand are numerous. 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. And in a strange sort of way, that puts us in God’s shoes.

Granted, there is no way that we could fill His shoes, but that is beside the point. It is in instances like these when I notice that we are related to the Father of all creation. We were made in His image, so it is no surprise that we find we have things in common with God.

Job asks us 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 – another impossible thing for humans is to understand God fully. Personally, I am fine with that. How boring would it be if we could figure out everything? Where is the element of surprise? Still, this does not mean we give up trying to understand the Lord; in an attempt to decipher God’s handwriting we have been exploring the universe.

Back to God’s impossibilities: there is nothing we could do to please Him, unless we have faith in Him. And while this may sound a bit outrageous, 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 I think this gets the point across why in the realm of faith we show our true colors and exhibit signs that we are related to God Almighty.

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 put our trust in God. We believe in God, and God 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