Faith Seeks Him Diligently
- Date: December 31, 2016
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “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.” (Hebrews 11:6)
- From Great Faith
We talked recently about our real need to see faith working in our lives, especially as we enter this day. We've had it pretty easy in this country. We've had it pretty easy in this century, as it pertains to what man has endured. I'm not just talking about the natural, daily benefits of life, ease, and comfort. I'm talking about how we've had it pretty easy since the Renaissance. We've had it pretty easy since the Reformation. Those are the two contrasting civil and spiritual events. Until just recently in the world-we've seen it in Russia; we've seen it in China, now we see it in some of the Muslim nations, it is extreme in the Philippines, but Christians have not experienced much persecution. It's on the horizon. If you can't see it, you're blind. If you can't see the change in our nation with its ideology of being tolerant, bringing about favoritism toward Islam and hatred toward Christianity, you're blind.
What's on the horizon for us could very likely bring us to experience the last part of Hebrews 11. People don't want to talk about that. Some of you in here don't want to talk about that and don't even want to think about it. An entire segment of people called "Faith Teachers" won't even refer to the last part of Hebrews 11, they want to live and die in the first half. I want to tell you, it's in the Book. You can ignore it if you want; you can live in your own fantasy if you want. I want to tell you something, these people lived in faith while they were living in caves, while all of their substance was gone and they counted that a privilege.
We want to see faith addressed as it is revealed in the Scriptures. I don't even like using that word balanced. So we went back to the gospels to watch Jesus minister to people who had faith and we asked, "What is it in those people who came to Him that enabled them to receive the promise of God?" One thing we need to understand is this, every one of them came believing that the promise of God was revealed in the area of their need. They came expecting God to honor His Word. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We saw that in this passage, "By hearing the Word of God," means more than just reading and studying the written word. It means "by encountering the presence of God."
This hearing is a hearing that has to do with a court hearing, a proclamation, an audience with God, where He proclaims the thing that deals specifically with the incident that you're in at this moment. This says, to me, that we can't go around with all of the promises of God that are revealed in this book and cherry pick a few that we want for ourselves. Faith does not work that way. Faith comes to God and hears what God says about our specific revelation. Some of us in our naivety and our immaturity would say, "But all of these promises are for all of us at any time." If so, you're going to have to explain why one brother was killed and the other one lived as it pertained to James and John. This Word is sure to a thousand generations. Amen? No question about it. "For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen" (2 Corinthians 1:20). We need to get quiet before Him and have an audience with Him. We need to hear what He's saying to us specifically at this moment. We need to spend time reading and memorizing this Word. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). We rest in that.
We see, very clearly, in Hebrews 11,verse 6, "But without faith it is impossible to please [God]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that [say it with me] diligently seek him." We cannot haphazardly seek God and see Him work miracles on our behalf. Let's set the environment that the Scripture gives us for how to approach God in faith, believing that "He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him."