What I read today;
Hebrews 11; John 16; Jeremiah 16; Psalm 50; 2 Samuel 2; Exodus 35
Hebrews 11 vs. 1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” NRSV
You hear a lot about faith today. People talking about belief in spirituality even a higher being. But when it comes to real faith, we seem to be drifting further and further away from the faith that can save us.
Humanists believe that faith in our self is the key to a better existence. They believe in the natural goodness of humanity and our ability to heal ourselves. We see these teachings growing with each passing day.
But that’s not the faith the Bible speaks about.
Hebrews 11 vs. 6 – “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” NRSV
Note the words “must believe that he exists.” Our society today wants to have spirituality without consequence. We wish to have our cake and eat it too. We want to believe that we can do whatever we want and that we can then settle into a comfortable life where a nameless, faceless God will be our perpetual worry stone. We can run to Him in times of trouble, just in case he’s really there, but he doesn’t really fit into our everyday lives. Sadly, more and more people are turning away from the God of the Bible to some new age guru and self-made spirituality. You hear phrases like, “I Worship in my own way.” That’s code for I worship what I want to worship.
For Christians, though, it is essential to read the final words of verse 6, “he rewards those who seek him.”
In other words, it’s not enough to coldly mouth the words of the liturgy on Sunday. It’s not enough to pray to some faceless God. God wants us to search for him. To seek his face and look for him. He wants us to examine the scriptures and struggle with what we read. He’s after people who wrestle with their faith and pray for wisdom and guidance.
Most importantly, he’s looking for worshipers who are seeking the face of Jesus himself. God wants each of us to understand that our salvation came at a cost. It came at the expense of his son’s life. It was purchased through the blood of Christ.
Those are the worshipers that God is seeking out. Are you one of those seekers?