My daily bible reading took me to Hebrews 11. The familiar chapter about ‘faith’ and the amazing faith of our forefathers. Right at the beginning of the chapter is this verse that is so familiar to me, but it hit me in a new way today. Verse 6 (in The Message):
It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
I believe with my whole heart that God does indeed exist. I see the things that He has made in creation, I’ve been witness to some amazing miracles in both my family and in my church. That’s not the hard part for me.
Sometimes, the hard part for me to believe is where it says “…that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” Does God respond to me? The verse says that He does, and I know that God doesn’t lie and the words in the bible are Truth. But it also says that I need to believe that He responds to me. How many times has He responded (spoken) to me and I’ve just never heard it? Or haven’t ‘believed’ that it was Him because He responded with an answer that I didn’t like or ‘agree’ with? And then instead of just being honest with myself that I didn’t like what God had to say, I complain that I can’t ‘hear’ God or that He doesn’t answer me. In effect, ‘blaming Him’ for being quiet, instead of dealing with the conflict and the unbelief that’s going on inside of me. Admittedly, too may times.
This verse in Hebrews reminds me that God does care for me. He DOES indeed respond to me. Day by day, I’m learning to BELIEVE it fully – no matter the situation that is before me.