Faith Pleases God

The fondest memory I have of my deceased father is he always encouraged his children during difficult times by saying “When you take one step, God will take two”. As an avid reader and a serious student of the Bible as a college student, I knew that his saying was not a scripture. I did, however, comprehend and appreciate that his desire was to teach us about trusting God enough; so that even when it looked like a situation was not favorable, we would not fret, but trust that God was ordering our steps. However, his belief led me to study what the Scriptures say about faith and taking “steps” of faith.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What exactly does that mean? Webster’s dictionary defines evidence as:  Something which shows that something else exists or is true: A visible sign of something

In other words, faith (which is invisible), is a sign that what we cannot see actually exists. As Christians, we must operate in faith on a daily basis. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” We please God when we exercise our faith. Because we have faith which should serve as a sign of things unseen, we cannot live in fear. We should not fear when God tells us to take a step of faith. When we take a step of faith, God responds by honoring our faith. After we take the first step God takes a step be reacting to our faith. There are several instances in the Bible in which God reacted to people’s faith. Fear is contrary to faith. The woman who touched Jesus’ cloak in Mark chapter 5 did so believing that she would be healed.  Mark 5:34 “And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”  God honored her faith. We see the same outcome in Luke 17:19 when only one of the Samarian lepers that Jesus healed returned to give thanks.  “And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” Again, God honored the leper’s faith.

Perhaps we have all doubted ourselves or even our ability to hear from God. The simple truth is that God honors faith. God responds to our faithThe Bible does not say that if we take one step, God will take two. The Word does teach us that it is impossible to please God without faith. When we act on faith by obeying what God has commanded us to do, He takes a step to honor our faith. I challenge you today to set aside fear and embrace the faith that God requires for us to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and live for Him.