The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines the word faith as “belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust”. It is by faith, by our firm belief that Jesus is the Son of God who died for our sins, that we are granted eternal salvation and a spiritual rebirth. Faith is the foundation of our life with God.
Is the fact that we have faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, enough to please our God? Does He have greater expectations of us? How do we keep up our belief in God every day, even when challenges of life come our way?
In Genesis 5:18-24, we are told of Enoch, a man who “walked with God”. In Hebrews 11: 5 we find Enoch again and learn that he was spared physical death because he “pleased God”. The facts we know about Enoch are few – he walked with God, he pleased God and God spared him physical death.
If Enoch walked with God, then it would seem that He remained faithful and true to God regardless of the circumstances in his daily life. Is this not what God expects of us?
Do we put our faith in what God does for us or do we put our faith in who God is? True faithfulness is the resolute belief, steadfast trust that God is always who He says that He is regardless of what may be happening in our lives. He is dependable. We are told in 1 Corinthians 1:9 that God is faithful. Lamentations tells us that God’s compassions fail not and that they are new every morning and that His faithfulness is great. We are assured in Matthew 28:20 that God is with us always, even when we may not be aware of his presence. We can experience His faithfulness in His protection, in His mercy, in His love and it is revealed in all of His promises throughout Scripture.
There is no question that God is faithful to us but how do we show God our faithfulness? Is it not by our daily obedience, our daily loyalty, our firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray His teachings, and our determination to adhere to His teachings regardless of daily events in our lives?
Revelations 4:11, tells us that we were created to please God. Our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior is only the first step to us following our calling to please God. It is our ongoing faithfulness, our daily obedience, our constant walk with Him that fulfills our calling and pleases our God.
Verse of the Week
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”, for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Oh Holy God, how we rejoice that you are a faithful God and that we can always count on you even when people might fail us. Help us to remain faithful in our walk with you. Even when the going is tough, help us to remain faithful in our belief in your faithfulness. May each of us strive daily to bring you pleasure.
In Jesus’ Name,