“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Hebrews chapter 11 is well known as the “faith” chapter in the Bible. Up to this point, the writer has been telling us that Jesus is higher than angels. He has told us that He is higher than any created being and that all things through Him have been made. The writer has made the claims that Jesus exercised a superior priesthood because His offering was performed once for all. Now, the writer is coming to his conclusion. That if Jesus is all these things, we need to put our confidence and trust in Him alone.
The people were wanting to go back. They wanted the old life and old religion. It was comfortable and appealing to their flesh. Their hope and confidence was in the things they could see physically. They were not identifying the spiritual things God was showing them. They were remaining as babes in Christ when, by now, they should have been mature in the faith.
Faith is not a feeling or belief you can just conjure up within yourself to make yourself believe something. You cannot close your eyes hard enough and wish something into existence. Unfortunately, that is what a lot of teachers in the church have made it and what many Christ followers have come to think. Many think it is some type of “force”. The Bible says faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). And the Bible always points us to the Lord Jesus the Messiah, which the writer of Hebrews has been doing all along. He is exhorting the people, and us, to keep Jesus in view and as the object of our faith.
Our faith is only as good as the object it is in. If your faith is in yourself and how much you think you can believe, then your faith is built on sinking sand. Remember when Peter told Jesus that he would never turn his back on Him? Peter ended up denying Jesus three times after he made this claim. Why? His faith was in himself. Jesus can do all things and the Bible says we can do all things through Him (Phil.4:13). Do not slip back into trusting yourself or this world. Read your Bible, let His Word sink in and stand on His promises. Then, and only then, will you mature in your faith.
“We are not to have faith in our faith, but faith in the finished work of Christ and in the promises of God.” – Leonard Ravenhill