Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The Barnes Commentary has some great notes about Hebrews 11: 6 and puts it in a plain, concise way that is easy to understand. Before I read this I had not thought about the basic foundation of faith as being a simple “confidence” in God. When you have total confidence in a person, you believe what they say without question and know you can trust them completely. So how much more should we have total “confidence” in God, who loves us more than any person ever could, and always wants the very best for our life.
The Barnes Commentary says:
But without faith it is impossible to please him – Without “confidence” in God – in his fidelity, his truth, his wisdom, his promises. God cannot be pleased with the man who has no confidence in him; who doubts the truth of his declarations and promises; who does not believe that his ways are right. The requirement of faith or confidence in God is not arbitrary; it is just what we require of our children, and partners in life, and friends, as the indispensable condition of our being pleased with them.
Now I know all too well that sometimes what I think is best for me is much different than what God KNOWS is best for me. I had planned to do a certain thing for several years, thinking that it was God’s plan also. I was doing my best to patiently wait for Him to bring my plan to pass. But my plan never happened. What God did was give me a new direction to go that was one I had never imagined doing and had no clue how to even START doing.
I was very disappointed for awhile because I not only thought my plan was great, I thought it was God’s plan. And all I could see about this new plan was being overwhelmed at trying to do something I had no clue how to even start, much less continue doing it on a daily basis. I eventually had to remind myself that God always wants the best for me, so He would not tell me to do something that He wouldn’t give me the strength and supernatural ability to accomplish.And I also had to remind myself that God had chosen me to do this thing BECAUSE I didn’t know how to do it and I MUST depend on Him to show me what to do.
I now realize that before I could accept God’s plan as better than mine, I first had to have the “confidence” to know I could trust Him completely.
According to David Wilkerson there are three important rewards that come by believing God and walking with Him in faith:
- The first reward is God’s control of our lives. The person who neglects the Lord soon spins out of control as the devil moves in and takes over. If only he would fall in love with Jesus, walking and talking with Him! God would soon show this person that Satan has no real dominion over him and he would allow Christ to control him.
- The second reward that comes by faith is having “pure light.” When we walk with the Lord, we are rewarded with light, direction, discernment, revelation—a certain “knowing” that God gives us.
- The third reward that comes with a walk of faith is protection from all our enemies. “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17). In the original Hebrew, this verse is translated as: “No plan, no instrument of destruction, no satanic artillery shall push you or run over you, but it will be done away with.”
I will never fully understand God’s ways, but He wants me to develop and have the “confidence” of Hebrews 11:6 in Him when I can’t always see the end result. It’s sort of like driving at night – your headlights only show a short distance ahead, but as YOU keep moving ahead they will continue to show the same short distance until you finally reach your destination.
Enoch walked with God in the midst of terrible situations in the world at that time. He didn’t have a Bible; he didn’t have the guidance of the Holy Spirit; he didn’t have easy access to Godly teaching. BUT He loved God with everything in him as much as was possible at the time, and by doing that he pleased God.
I’m still learning about what it takes to have a great faith, but after studying this text I have realized that I want to have such a “confidence” in God that I know I can totally trust Him to always move me in the right direction and bring about the things in my life that will be best for me.
After all, this life of only a few years is preparation for our life in Heaven, which will be forever and ever!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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