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. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
“…. anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” (V6 Msg version) This verse has jumped out at me. These men of faith all believed that God existed – before He showed up in their situations.
So many want to only believe that God exists after He has answered what they are wanting or after a situation has been resolved. They want Him to prove Himself first & then they will believe.
These men of faith & those that follow in the rest of the chapter give us a different path to follow. It’s quite a simple path, there is no magic formula, they believed in Gods existence, they believed in what He told them, that He cared for them and their situations and I need to do the same. Faith believes He exists, knowing He hears me, has my best interests in mind, has purpose & place for me & ultimately cares more for me than I do for myself.
Father where my faith has waned, where my doubts have overwhelmed me, where I’ve only believed you care after you have shown up, forgive me. Help me to keep Jesus, – his death for me, his resurrection for me – which is the reality of your existence, central in my life.
Written by Suzie Hodgson