Hebrews 11:6 - Faith is a Relationship with God. (part 2)

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) 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. 

Since We Owe Our Existence To God Seems Like 
We Should Live To Please Him; 
So What Does It Mean To Live By Faith?


   It seems so basic. Anyone who wants to 
seek God must believe He actually exists. But 
since most people - and probably all of those in 
the original readership of the letter to the 
Hebrews - have believed God exists, the statement 
hardly seems necessary. Add that the statement is 
made to those who want to come to God, and it 
seems even stranger. Those who come to God 
wouldn't be coming if they didn't believe in His 
   But the statement may be more insightful 
than we assume. For all our belief in God, many 
of us have lived as practical atheists - people 
for whom God is a rock-solid concept in our 
minds but who has no practical relevance to our 
daily lives. Many think about God, pray to Him 
sometimes, and assume He expects good moral behavior, 
He doesn't exist in any way that's meaningful 
to them. And that doesn't lead to any kind of 
meaningful experience with Him.  
   The first foundational truth in 
experiencing God's Presence in a real way is to believe 
that He exists in practical terms - as an 
accessible, relatable personality. That's the first 
step, but it's so simple that we often forget it. 
God drifts to the back of our minds, and before 
we know it, He's an idea, a quiet piece of 
background music to our lives. We have to continually 
bring Him back to the forefront - the object of 
our worship and the Person we relate to 
constantly. When we do, we begin an adventure into His 
very real Presence.  
   Lord, I not only believe You exist, I 
believe You want to be an integral part of every 
minute of my life. Let me not forget like many do; 
give me reminders of Your Presence moment by 
moment. [The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   Deists believe that "the supreme 
Architect" created the world and left it alone. Like a 
master clockmaker, He carefully crafted the 
universe and wound it up. Now it's running on its 
own, no intervention necessary. No miracles, no 
special revelations. God may be watching from a 
distance, they say, but He isn't active in our 
affairs. He's simply there.  
   The writer of Hebrews has told us that 
those who come to God must believe that He is, but 
that isn't enough. We also have to believe that 
He rewards those who sincerely seek Him - that 
pursuing Him makes a difference in how He responds to 
us. If we simply believe God is there, watching, 
or that we have to twist His arm to notice us 
or bless us, then we aren't perceiving Him 
well. According to His own Word, HE LONGS TO BLESS 
   If you really want to know and experience 
God more fully, you'll have to approach Him with 
the expectation that He rewards those who seek 
Him. If you think He might respond, you'll 
interpret any delays or hiddenness as reluctance on 
His part. If you think He only responds to those 
who live up to His standards, you'll interpret 
any delays or hiddenness as a sign of failure on 
your part. But if you assume - by faith - that He 
is eager to respond to your pursuit of Him, 
you'll begin to interpret all of life as a 
conversation with Him. And your awareness of His Presence 
will increase dramatically.  
   Father; I know You enjoy my pursuit of 
You and are zealous in pursuit of me, too. 
Please reward me with Your Presence quickly and 
clearly enough that I don't get discouraged but am 
inspired to press even further into You. [The One 
Year Experiencing Gods Presence Devotional by 
Chris Tiegreen] 


   Hebrews 11 is one of the most extensive 
essays on faith in the New Testament and one of the 
most loved sections of Scripture, yet 
misconceptions about faith abound. Some see faith as being 
any form of spirituality. Others understand it 
as a resolute belief that something good is 
going to happen to them. Still others think that 
faith is a blind leap against known facts. None of 
these represents biblical faith.  
   Instead, faith involves confident action 
in response to what God has made known (Hebrews 
11:1-3). As seen in the examples listed in Hebrews 
11, faith comes into play in a variety of life's 
circumstances. And the results of faith are just as varied. 
Some people get rescued, achieve success in life, 
and see some of what God has promised in their 
lifetimes. Others get mocked, beaten, tortured, put in 
prison, and killed. Faith is sometimes rewarded 
sooner and sometimes later, but people of faith 
anticipate the rewards because of their confidence in 
God's character.  
   What does it mean to live by faith? It 
means that, in our various circumstances, we live 
out our belief "that God exists and that he 
rewards those who sincerely seek him" (Hebrews 
11:6). Those who live by faith take confident 
action based on what God has revealed about his 
character, seeking to do his will in all things....  
   Believing that God exists is only the 
first step toward faith - even the demons believe 
that much (James 2:19-20). God will not settle 
for mere acknowledgment of his existence. 
Growing faith leads to a personal, dynamic 
   Some Christians think that it is 
ultimately impossible to understand God, so they give 
up trying. Others believe that nothing true is 
irrational, including true faith. The truth is God gave 
us minds that should be developed and used. But 
we also need to realize that there are things 
about God that we won't understand this side of 
heaven. We can't know God completely because he is 
infinite and eternal.  
   God wants our trust and faith, even while 
we wonder about so many things that are 
mysterious to us. Even so, faith is not a leap into the 
dark. Faith is reasonable - though reason alone 
cannot explain everything. So use your mind to 
think things through. But leave room for the 
unexplainable works of God, and be willing to take steps 
forward, trusting him for what you don't have figured 
out. [One Year NLT SB] 

Faiths bedrock foundation is belief that 
when God speaks, it will happen. And the 
consummate example of the power of Gods word was 
when Gods word created the universe out of 
nothing. Faith believes that Gods word can make 
the invisible visible. This world was created 
out of nothing, without the use of preexisting 
materials. Each example that follows illustrates that 
belief in the unseen is based upon a promise of 
God. Hebrews 11:6 presents two unseen truths for 
faith: Gods existence (that he is there) and 
nature (that he is consistent and good). Faith is 
the key to knowing God. As people respond by 
faith to the general revelation of God in nature 
(Rom. 1:19-21), God directs them to the special 
revelation of himself found in his Son through his 
word. [New Bible Companion] 


   No one can approach God without faith. It 
takes faith to believe that God exists when He 
cannot be seen. And it takes even more faith to 
believe that God rewards those who seek Him, when 
rewards so often are delayed. 
   Anyone who walks with God will find his 
faith tested. When you and I flip a light switch, 
the light goes on. When you turn the faucet, 
water flows. Push the on button, and your TV 
screen is filled with flickering pictures. The 
reward of our actions is immediate, and invariable. 
But many times you and I pray, and it seems no 
answer comes. We cry out to God, but our troubles 
persist. It takes very little faith to expect a light 
to go on when it always does. It takes much 
more faith to walk with God. For your belief that 
He is a rewarder of those who seek Him will be 
sorely tested again and again. 
   But dont be discouraged. As each hero 
in this hall of fame demonstrates, your faith 
will make a difference in the way you live your 
life. And in the blessings you enjoy. [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

Faith Is Basic For Prayer
   This verse highlights the two essential 
elements of prayer; faith in God's existence and 
faith that he cares enough to listen, answer, and 
move on behalf of those who seek him. Each of the 
men and women in the Hebrews 11 Hall of 
Faith" who saw the invisible and believed God could 
do the impossible, pleased God and received 
great rewards because of their confidence and 
faith in him. By faith Enoch was taken up to 
heaven without dying. Noah's family was saved; 
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob left their homes and 
followed God; Sarah bore a son in her old age. What 
did this faith look like? Although their 
circumstances were different, it was faith in what God 
said, faith in who God is, faith that God would 
show them the way into a future they couldn't 
see. But in believing, they would see what they 
had believed. This is a faith we can build our 
lives on, and without it, we can't please God at 
all. Pray earnestly that through the Holy Spirit, 
your faith in God will grow. [Praying Through The 
Bible By Fuller] 

He is faithful who has promised.
   When we do not receive the very things we 
asked for, at the time we ask, we are still to 
believe that the Lord hears and that He will answer 
our prayers. We are so erring and short-sighted 
that we sometimes ask for things that would not 
be a blessing to us, and our heavenly Father in 
love answers our prayers by giving us that which 
will be for our highest good--that which we 
ourselves would desire if with vision divinely 
enlightened we could see all things as they really are. 
When our prayers seem not to be answered, we are 
to cling to the promise; for the time of 
answering will surely come, and we shall receive the 
blessing we need most. But to claim that prayer will 
always be answered in the very way and for the 
particular thing that we desire, is presumption. God is 
too wise to err, and too good to withhold any 
good thing from them that walk uprightly. Then do 
not fear to trust Him, even though you do not 
see the immediate answer to your prayers. Rely 
upon His sure promise, "Ask, and it shall be 
given you." [SC96,7] 

Possibility for Doubt Not Removed.
   While God has given ample evidence for 
faith, He will never remove all excuse for 
unbelief. All who look for hooks to hang their doubts 
upon will find them. And those who refuse to 
accept and obey God's word until every objection 
has been removed, and there is no longer an 
opportunity for doubt, will never come to the light.  
   Distrust of God is the natural outgrowth 
of the unrenewed heart, which is at enmity with 
Him. But faith is inspired by the Holy Spirit, 
and it will flourish only as it is cherished. No 
man can become strong in faith without a 
determined effort. Unbelief strengthens as it is 
encouraged; and if men, instead of dwelling upon the 
evidences which God has given to sustain their faith, 
permit themselves to question and cavil, they will 
find their doubts constantly becoming more 
confirmed.]--GC 527 (1911).   
   Impact of the Weight of Evidence.--Those 
who desire to doubt will have plenty of room. 
God does not propose to remove all occasion for 
unbelief. He gives evidence, which must be carefully 
investigated with a humble mind and a teachable spirit, 
and all should decide from the weight of 
evidence. God gives sufficient evidence for the candid 
mind to believe; but he who turns from the weight 
of evidence because there are a few things 
which he cannot make plain to his finite 
understanding will be left in the cold, chilling 
atmosphere of unbelief and questioning doubts, and will 
make shipwreck of faith.]--5T 675, 676 (1889).  
{2MCP 672.3}   

If we take counsel with our doubts and fears,
or try to solve everything that we cannot 
see clearly, before we have faith, perplexities 
will only increase and deepen. But if we come to 
God, feeling helpless and dependent, as we really 
are, and in humble, trusting faith make known our 
wants to Him whose knowledge is infinite, who sees 
everything in creation, and who governs everything by 
His will and word, He can and will attend to our 
cry, and will let light shine into our hearts. 
Through sincere prayer we are brought into 
connection with the mind of the Infinite. [SC96,7] 

Faith is in no sense allied to presumption.
   Only he who has true faith is secure 
against presumption. For presumption is Satan's 
counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and 
brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also 
claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to 
excuse transgression. Faith would have led our 
first parents to trust the love of God, and to 
obey His commands. Presumption led them to 
transgress His law, believing that His great love would 
save them from the consequence of their sin. It 
is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven 
without complying with the conditions on which mercy 
is to be granted. Genuine faith has its 
foundation in the promises and provisions of the 
Scriptures. [DA125,6] 

The tempter can never compel us to do evil.
   He cannot control minds unless they are 
yielded to his control. The will must consent, faith 
must let go its hold upon Christ, before Satan 
can exercise his power upon us. But every sinful 
desire we cherish affords him a foothold. Every 
point in which we fail of meeting the divine 
standard is an open door by which he can enter to 
tempt and destroy us. And every failure or defeat 
on our part gives occasion for him to reproach 
Christ... [DA125,6] 

Mysteries We Cannot Fathom.
   The Word of God, like the character of 
its Divine Author, presents mysteries that can 
never be fully comprehended by finite beings. The 
entrance of sin into the world, the incarnation of 
Christ, regeneration, the resurrection, and many 
other subjects presented in the Bible are 
mysteries too deep for the human mind to explain, or 
even fully to comprehend. But we have no reason 
to doubt God's Word because we cannot 
understand the mysteries of His providence.  
   In the natural world we are constantly 
surrounded with mysteries that we cannot fathom. The 
very humblest forms of life present a problem 
that the wisest of philosophers is powerless to 
explain. Everywhere are wonders beyond our ken. 
Should we then be surprised to find that in the 
spiritual world also there are mysteries that we 
cannot fathom? The difficulty lies solely in the 
weakness and narrowness of the human mind. God has 
given us in the Scriptures sufficient evidence of 
their divine character, and we are not to doubt 
His Word  because we cannot understand all the 
mysteries of His providence.--SC 106, 107 (1892). 
{2MCP 671}]   


Seeking the Savior
   Simeon said, Can I stay alive until I 
see him? 
   The Magi said, Saddle up the camels. 
We arent stopping until we find him. 
   The shepherds said, Lets go. 
Lets see. 
   They wanted the Savior. They wanted to 
see Jesus. 
   They were earnest in their search. One 
translation renders Hebrews 11:6: God  rewards 
those who earnestly seek him (NIV, italics 
   Another reads: God rewards those who 
search for him (PHILLIPS, italics mine). 
   And another: God  rewards those who 
sincerely look for him (TLB, italics mine). 
   I like the King James translation: He 
is a rewarder of them that diligently seek 
him (italics mine). 
   Diligently - what a great word. Be 
diligent in your search. Be hungry in your quest, 
relentless in your pilgrimage. Let this book be but one 
of dozens you read about Jesus and this hour be 
but one of hundreds in which you seek him. Step 
away from the puny pursuits of possessions and 
positions, and seek your king. 
   Dont be satisfied with angels. Dont 
be content with stars in the sky. Seek him out 
as the shepherds did. Long for him as Simeon 
did. Worship him as the wise men did. Do as John 
and Andrew did: ask for his address. Do as 
Matthew: invite Jesus into your house. Imitate 
Zacchaeus. Risk whatever it takes to see Christ. 
   God rewards those who seek him. Not those 
who seek doctrine or religion or systems or 
creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but 
the reward goes to those who settle for nothing 
less than Jesus himself. And what is the reward? 
What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short 
of the heart of Jesus. And as the Spirit of 
the Lord works within us, we become more and 
more like him (2 Cor. 3:18 TLB). 
BE LIKE JESUS? Christ felt no guilt; God wants 
to banish yours. Jesus had no bad habits; God 
wants to remove yours. Jesus had no fear of death; 
God wants you to be fearless. Jesus had kindness 
for the diseased and mercy for the rebellious 
and courage for the challenges. God wants you to 
have the same. 
   He loves you just the way you are, but he 
refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be 
just like Jesus. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 

   Contrary to what you may have heard in 
advertising or political debate or what you may believe 
about science, real scientists don't "prove" 
anything. Rather they hypothesize and test and develop 
theories and models that best explain the data. And 
throughout all this activity, they work with 
probabilities, demonstrating that, given the conditions X, 
there is a high probability that Y is likely to 
happen (or little probability, whatever the case 
may be). OK, if nothing else, perhaps scientists 
have "proved" that everything in science is open 
for debate. Take gravity for example. All of us 
experience it every day. Isaac Newton presented the 
universal law of gravitation to the Royal Society in 
1686, a model that has worked wonderfully to 
describe attractions between bodies, so much so that 
we use his laws to calculate the orbits of 
space objects even today. So it's settled  
right? Wrong. Physicists are still trying to figure 
out exactly how gravitation works. So even the 
universal law of gravitation is still being debated. 
   A French mathematician and philosopher 
who did much to refine and mature probability 
theory was Blaise Pascal, a child prodigy and 
inventor of the mechanical calculator. In his 
Penses, a collection of notes published after his 
death, Pascal wrote about the existence of God and 
how to think about it. He believed that God is 
incomprehensible - that we simply can't know much about Him. 
Reason, he wrote, was not adequate to determine 
whether God does or does not exist. So in note 233 
of his Penses he suggested the following 
logic to make a decision. 
   There are only two possibilities. God 
either exists or He does not. You must make a 
choice to believe or not believe - you don't have 
an option. If you choose to believe in Him, 
that leads to only two outcomes. If He does 
exist, then you have won it all. But if He doesn't 
exist, you have lost nothing. Think of the 
alternative now. Say you choose not to believe in God. 
Again there are two - and only two - outcomes. If 
God does exist, you lose it all, but if He does 
not, you lose nothing. Given the possibility then 
of losing all if you don't believe and gaining 
all if you do believe, Pascal decided that it 
was a philosophical no-brainer. One should 
choose to believe in God. This logic about the 
existence of God is known as Pascal's Wager. 
   Fortunately, we have words from Jesus 
Himself. "Most assuredly" means "without doubt." it 
is not a gamble or a game of probability, but a 
sure thing. 
   Lord, I choose to believe in You as my 
God. [God of Wonders by David Steen re John 

Recognizing God
   One Sunday a plainly dressed, 
scholarly-looking man went into a church in the Netherlands 
and took a seat near the pulpit. A few minutes 
later, a woman approached the pew. Seeing the 
stranger, she curtly advised him that he was in "her 
seat" and asked him to leave. The man apologized 
and moved to one of the pews reserved for the 
poor. There, he devoutly joined in the service and 
left afterward without further incident. 
   When the service was over, one of the 
woman's friends asked her if she knew who it was 
whom she had ordered out of her pew. "No," the 
woman replied casually, "only some stranger, I 
   To the woman's great dismay, her friend 
informed her "It was King Oscar of Sweden. He is here 
visiting the Queen." 
   People who refuse to acknowledge the 
existence of God simply aren't aware of Who is walking 
beside them day by day. We can refuse to recognize 
God, but that does not mean He ceases to exist or 
that He stops reaching out to us with His great 
love. Although the Lord may be invisible to us 
now, He is more real than anything we can see 
with our natural eyes. Rest in the knowledge that 
God is with you today, tomorrow and forever. 
[God's Little Devotional Bible] 


Faith views God as more real than the 
material universe He created (vv. 1"3). [The 
365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Nothing is more important than pleasing the 
Lord. Make that number one in your life. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 
https://www.harvestdaily.com re John 18:38] 

Faith never knows where it is being led. But 
it loves and knows the one who is leading. 
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)  


   Seeking to please Me is a joyous way to 
live. Of course, without faith it is impossible to 
please Me. You must really believe that I exist and 
that I reward those who earnestly seek Me.  
   Living to please Me is a wise investment 
- not only for rewards in heaven but also for 
daily pleasure on earth. I am meant to be the 
Center of your existence, the Sun around which you 
orbit. When you live this way - enjoying Me, 
serving Me, desiring to please Me - you stay in your 
proper orbit. When you live in a self-centered way, 
you go off course.  
   The challenge is to keep Me central in 
what you do, say, and think. This battle begins 
in your mind, so work on taking captive every 
thought to make it obedient to Me. Study My Word to 
find out what pleases Me, and remember how 
wonderfully well I love you. Awareness of My amazing 
Love will help you stay in orbit around the Son - 
enjoying the radiant pleasures of My Presence. (Heb. 
11:6; 2Co. 10:5; Col. 1:9, 10) [Jesus Today by 
Sarah Young] 


Hebrews 11:6 - Faith is a Relationship with 
God. (part 1) 


Hebrews 11:6 - What Does the Bible Say About 
Pleasing God. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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