Monday, March 15, 2010

Pleasing by Believing

But 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 11:6

One of my favorite songs is about a class of children with special needs. While their teacher taught them their ABC's, she also shared with them the love of Jesus. One day, she told them of His promise to come back and take them with Him to Heaven. Well, from that moment on, she couldn't keep them in their seats! They were always running to the windows, pressing their fingertips and noses against the windowpane, looking for Jesus. If He said He was coming, He WAS coming!

Oh, to have the faith of these children. How it must please our Father's heart when we take Him at His word. If He said it, He will do it. No if's, and's or but's about it. Today's verse reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God. We have to believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

As I look into my own life, I have found the moments that have brought me the most pleasure are the ones where I was understood for who I am and I was taken at my word. On the flip side of that, I can also attest to the fact that some of my most frustrating and heartbreaking moments have been those when who I am was questioned or doubted.

We all long to be someone that others can believe in and count on. How much more God must desire this of each of His children. Can you imagine what kind of life you and I would be living at this very moment if we truly took the Lord at His Word?

When I was a child, I was told that faith is a lot like sitting on a chair. When we sit down, we do so in complete confidence that this piece of furniture won't let us down. We trust that it will support us and hold us up. Seldom do we give the chair a second thought, much less a thorough inspection! Yet, when it comes to placing our life into the hands of the creator of the universe, we hold back, questioning and doubting if He will be there to hold us up?


I once asked my class of first graders what they were thankful for. In the midst of the usual flood of responses such as my bike, my family, our dog; one answer stood high above the others. One little boy simply stated he was thankful God was real and not pretend.

Do you believe that He is real? Are you willing to relinquish the weight you are carrying and allow Him to support you and hold you up? Are you ready to run with me to the window of God's heart, leaving your own heartprint, as in eager anticipation, you look for all He has promised you?

It is the desire of my heart to please my God. What better way to do this than to believe He is WHO He says He is and to know and trust that He will DO what He says He will do.

2 comments:

  1. This jumped out at me: "We all long to be someone that others can believe in and count on." Oh how God must long for us to fully beleive in and count on Him. I want to be a woman who counts on Him.

    Terrific post - thanks for sharing.

    Blessings ~ Rachel

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  2. The purity of the children's response is refreshing. I want to say that I believe fully...but my actions don't always line up with my words on that one. Im moving there though. Thank you for sharing your heart :)

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.