By: Lisa Wilmore
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
I never know from one week to the next what God wants me to write in this publication as well as my personal journal. However, I find myself adhering to what his will is through the messages he gives me and eventually shared with the body of believers and others.
With this in mind, while driving to work on a recent morning, there was an overwhelming urge to first read, and then write about faith. So, I began to research the Bible to get a better understanding about faith and how it presently operates in my life. The first scripture that came to mind and then researched was, “without faith, it is impossible to please God”. Consequently, the holy spirit taught me a most memorable lesson about faith, and how it is impossible to please God without it.
To make mention of, the anonymous writer of Hebrews expresses “by faith Enoch was translated (taken up) that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had his testimony, that he pleased God”. Additionally, the writer states “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:5, 6). He further records the aspect of faith which is exemplified by many in the Bible. Persons such as Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Enoch and others were noted and commended for their faith walk. Furthermore, once we have researched and familiarized ourselves with the above-mentioned persons, we will find that their faith walk was pleasing to God.
As the text is written to convince the Hebrews who were Jewish Christians that the only way to approach God is by faith, we too must have a clear understanding as well, that our faith is what pleases him. Enoch walked with God for 300 years. Rather than dying, he was translated at the age of 365. It is inspiring to know that Enoch lived a life of faith in God for many years. He walked with God which suggests that he had a relationship with him. Apparently, he had a strong awareness, as we should, that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
In brief, our faith walk is what pleases God. No amount of works or deeds would please him more than our “Faith” in him”.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!