“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.” (Hebrews 11:6)
In my Hello Mornings study recently our key verse was Hebrews 11:6. The study guide asked me to underline words or phrases that caught my attention and mine were: impossible, anyone and earnestly seek him. However the study guide then went one step further in asking us to “prayerfully consider what God might be wanting to convey to you” through those words or phrases.
Hmm, that statement made me stop in my tracks and look even more deeply at this passage. So it was saying that the words which jumped out at me were not random but were from the Holy Spirit working in my heart as I read it? Wow, I’d never quite thought of it that way before.
As I contemplated this more, I realized one thing God was trying to tell me is my faith is not better (or worse) than anyone else’s and also that my Christian walk is not better (or worse) than anyone else’s – just different. This truth of mine also tied in with a part of the study’s devotional section on Hebrews 11:4-7:
“…’by faith’ Abel, Enoch and Noah each obtained a good testimony from God. However, how they each displayed their faith is different. Abel’s faith was displayed through sacrifice, Enoch’s through close communion with God, and Noah’s through godly fear. Each story is a wonderful example of faith, but we are not expected to live out our faith exactly as they did.” (Hello Mornings:”But we see Jesus” study)
I loved that last line! The idea that living out our faith is unique to each person is something that took me many years in my Christian walk to figure out. I even wrote a previous post about how we don’t have to be what I call “cookie cutter Christians.“ In that post I shared this:
“I can’t compare myself to others either by judging their walk harshly or else somehow thinking less of mine in any way. But to realize each person needs to live out God’s unique calling for their life as they see fit and that I should do so as well. My Christian walk should be one that is true to who God has made me to be and how I hear Him speaking into my life.”
As I dug even deeper into the Hebrews 11:6 verse, I looked up the definition of earnestly to help me better understand what it means when the verse talks about “those who earnestly seek him.” Here is what I found for some synonyms: “intent, fervent, purposeful, determined, resolute, having qualities of depth and firmness.”(Dictionary.com)
What I got out of doing this were two questions: “Am I intent and purposeful in seeking after God in my life?” and “Can my faith (and how I live it out) be considered to have depth and firmness to it?” And a bit to my surprise, I felt like I could answer in the affirmative to both of those questions. Surprising to me because I am often too hard on myself but also not surprising because I do feel that those words are a good description of my faith walk right now. And this feels good to realize!
**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart today. Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup too!**