“By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:5-6
There is a huge difference between believing in God, and believing God.
Don’t believe me? Just look around at our world today. How many people can you think of, both in your own personal sphere and in the “celebrity” world, who claim to be vaguely “spiritual” when asked about their soul’s state?
Sure, they will say they believe in a “higher power.” They may even lay claim to a belief in “god.” But the chasm between where they are and where they need to be is breathtakingly wide. The mechanism for crossing that gap is faith.
Faith tells us that not only does God exist, but He cares about each and every one of us. It doesn’t take any faith to believe there is a God. His handiwork can be seen all around us. His Presence helps explain the unexplainable. His shoulders often bear the blame for those things we think are wrong in the world.
Faith steps in when we dare to believe that He cares about us. Because, when we believe that, it makes us accountable before Him for our behavior. No longer is He just some mythical creature out in space somewhere. He cares about us, and He cares what we do with our lives. It take faith to get from Point A to Point B here, and without it, we won’t live our lives pleasing to Him.
Where do you fall on the faith spectrum today? Do you simply believe in God, or do you believe He cares for your very soul? His word teaches us that He does care for us, and He wants to be found by us. He wants us to seek after Him, and He wants to make Himself known to humanity. All it takes is a bit of faith – as His son once said, the size of a grain of mustard seed – to get to Him. He isn’t hiding, but we still must do the seeking!