Unquestionably, faith must be an invaluable pillar in the life of a Christian, what is faith? Faith is believing in something without even having seen it arrive, and this is our faith, that we believe in God without having seen Him and Christ calls those who believe without seeing: “Blessed.” This is the non-negotiable importance of faith, to believe in God without having seen Him, and if we do not have faith, then we can not please God in any way.
The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us a lot about faith, dedicates a whole chapter to tell us about it, which is chapter 11 of the same book, and it is here that he tells us:
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
6 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.
Verses four and five denote the great faith that some men of the past had, such as Abel, which the Bible tells us that offered an excellent sacrifice and thereby reached testimony that he was righteous, also tells us about Enoch, who testifies of having pleased God. And the book of Hebrews does not only tells us about these two men, but he mentions others, such as Moses, who preferred martyrdom with the people of Israel than the riches of Egypt.
But should we only look from the horizon at the great faith of those men? Will we stay reading the great stories and contemplating from afar? Not! We have to be close, to contemplate, to admire, to feel that same faith, to believe in God like those men, believing against all odds and waiting for faith even in the most painful tempest.
Friends, without faith it is totally impossible to please God. Let us continue to ignite the flames of our faith and continue to the target, looking to Christ.