The Bible says that “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.” (Hebrews 11:6) Faith is such a big deal and the previous verse makes it obvious. It is literally the foundation of our relationship with God. As believers, it is important that we not only believe in God, but that we also believe God. Believe him when he says that by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5), that he has good and not disaster planed for us (Jeremiah 29:11), that he will supply all of our needs according to his riches and glory, (Philippians 4:19), and believe him in the many other promises he has given us within scripture.
If you have read my recent posts then you know that I’ve written a lot about faith. Well, I did not do it on purpose, but I believe that God did. It was not until I started pinning this post that I realized the theme of faith. And if it were not clear before, it is very clear now that in all things, God wants you and me to believe in his son, Jesus Christ, and the work that He has accomplished on our behalf through Him. He wants us to believe in him, not only for salvation, but all things. And all means all.
You know, God expects us to grow in our relationship with him. Romans 8:29 says “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son…” We were never meant to stay the same after receiving Christ into our lives, but rather we were to become like him—knowing God, all He is, and entering his rest, through faith in Christ, as a result. A crowd of people once asked Jesus, “What does God want us to do?” Jesus replied, “This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28 NLT) That is still true today. God wants you and me to believe in the one [Jesus Christ] he [God] has sent and therein lies the solution to every concern we have today.
Throughout Jesus’ life on earth he performed many miracles and taught with wisdom and authority that were beyond his earthly years. Still many of the people around him neither recognized him as the Son of God, the Messiah, nor believed in him. In one account scripture tells that Jesus “was moved with indignation and was deeply troubled” when he saw Martha weeping and others wailing over Lazarus’s death. (John 11:33) Despite having been with him and seeing him in action they still did not comprehend who he was. In another account, Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.” Jesus replied, “Philip, don’t you even yet know who I am, even after all the time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him?” ( John 14:8 NLT) In the Old Testament the Israelites, too, struggled to believe God, despite the many miracles he had performed, and hearing his voice. (See Exodus and Hebrews 3:16)
Bride of Christ, at some point in our walk with God, we each have to decide and rest in the fact that God has accomplished through Jesus Christ all that the Bible says he has. It is a part of maturing in Christ. God indeed has a place of rest for us in all situations, but much like with the Israelites, it will do us no good if we do not believe him. “For only we who believe can enter his place of rest.” (Hebrews 4:3) Beloved, do not imitate the unbelieving, believe God! Many of us have been Christians a long time now and we ought to be teaching others. Instead, we need someone to teach us the basic things a beginner must learn about the scriptures. We’ve been like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. (Hebrews 5:12-14) This should not be so.