Faith That Pleases God - The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional

Faith That Pleases God

It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6

From the Old Testament to the New, God encourages his people to walk by faith, pray in faith, and live lives of faith. What kind of faith is that? Faith that trusts the Lord in the dark as well as in the light, that believes his Word and follows it as the pathway of life. Faith that believes in the unseen reality of eternity and in God’s existence so much that we seek him with all our hearts. Faith that trusts in the inspired Word of God more than in our feelings or the opinions of others. As today’s verse from Hebrews expresses, God rewards faith, and it’s impossible to please him without it.

God’s Word gives us snapshots of the lives of biblical women who saw the invisible, believed the unbelievable, and received the impossible: Sarah, who because of her faith followed her husband and was able to become a mother in her old age. Esther, whom God brought into the palace of a king “for just such a time as this” to save the nation of Israel. Ruth, who though widowed at a young age, left her own country to live with Naomi, her mother-in-law, in a foreign land. Deborah, Rahab, Mary. They are all part of that huge cloud of witnesses who went before us.

Through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross we, too, have received a great inheritance of faith, not because of what we have done, but because of what he did for us. Since faith is a gift (see 2 Peter 1:1), what will we do with it? How can we grow in our faith and in our relationship with God? This week we will look at this vital part of the Christian life. —CHERI

Thank you, Father, for creating me to live in relationship with you, and for the cloud of witnesses of faithful women that surround me. Grant me grace to grow in faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.

—CORRIE TEN BOOM (1892–1983), HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, AUTHOR

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The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional
By Cheri Fuller and Sandra P. Aldrich
Tyndale
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