Faith is a necessary thing. If one seeks to please God, they must have faith.
The Hebrew writer penned these words, “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” (Heb 11:6).
The faith one must have to please God comes from a study of his word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17).
Faith is something that goes beyond just believing in God, which is a necessary part of faith – more is involved. Abraham was a great man of faith, it is recorded that “Abraham believed God,” yet it went further than his just believing – he did as God commanded.
He was told to leave his father’s people and he went. When God told him to offer Isaac on Mt. Moriah, he never questioned God, he just went.
“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him” (Gen.22:3).
Abraham knew that God would take care of his son. The writer of Hebrews wrote, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure” (Heb. 11:17-19).
This is the kind of faith one must have before they can learn to trust in God. It is not just believing in God, it is believing God. When one learns to do this, they are really trusting in God.
Learning to trust in God, having true faith, will help one have a better life. The world worries itself into frenzy over many different things.
Some worry about money, to the point that it becomes the focal point of their life. They will do whatever is necessary to gain their “fortune.”
God’s word does not teach that it is wrong to have money, just that it is wrong for one to let money become the most important thing in their life.
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (I Tim. 6:10).
This quest for riches can cause one to leave God out of their life completely, thinking they are the one who is doing everything. Well might they remember the parable of the foolish rich man found in Luke 12:26-21. God is the one that enables one to have the health and mind to go about their day to day life.
Learning to trust in God rather than the material things of life is necessary to be pleasing to God. The heart must be Christ-centered.
If one persists in trusting in the riches of this life rather than Christ, he will find himself with nothing on the day of judgment. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26).
Learn to trust in God obey his will today.