I was reading over the lesson for our 10th-12th grade girl’s Lifegroup for tomorrow, when one of the scriptures just grabbed hold of my heart.
Hebrews 11:5-6 “By faith Enoch was taken away, and so he did not experience death. He was not to be found because God took him away. For before he was taken away, he was approved as one who pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
I know this scripture. It’s not foreign to me. I’ve heard countless sermons and Sunday School lessons on it. The church has taught us the priority of faith over works, and this scripture drives home the understanding of why faith takes priority. Without faith works would never happen. If we don’t believe he exists, we can’t draw near to him. And to believe, we have to have faith. And to have faith, we have to believe. Without faith and without belief, we have no motivation to do anything. Sure, we can do things out of habit. We can become ritualistic in the things we participate. If we allow faith to slip down the list of priorities, what are we doing anything of eternal value for in the first place?
And here we are in March, 2020, lives altered, the busy-ness of life being ceased, separated from friends, family, schedules, activities and we are struggling.
As I read this verse, a neon light was flashing in my head, “you must return to faith”. We are good at telling others to have faith, we are good at announcing that we are confident because we have faith and we proudly wear t-shirts and tattoo’s announcing our faith. But how is our faith when everything is removed. Suddenly we have more time to do nothing. To be quiet. To do projects. To talk. No more running here and there, filling all our time with endless activities. I think God wants us to stop. Be still. Return to faith. I mean seriously get in His Word and really, really read it and understand what God is doing. He is in control. No matter what we think is happening in the world, HE IS IN CONTROL. Things look scary. An indulged America is not sure what we will do without an endless flow of toilet paper, fast food and entertainment. It’s time we step back and look at Him and not the world. Take a close look at your heart. Where is your faith.
I pray I am not overcome by fear. I pray I do not lose faith. I pray I do not allow the daily onslaught of what seems like an imploding world to govern how confident I am that God is in control.
I pray I draw near to Him, I pray He approves of me and is pleased with me. And I pray that he rewards my faithfulness.