6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. – Heb. 11:6-12
Do you want to please God? Faith is required. Faith that is active in response to God’s Word, trusting that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Noah is an example. God spoke to Noah about things Noah could not see. Noah believed in God, and that belief led to action; he constructed the ark. “By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Abraham is an example. God spoke to Abraham about places and things Abraham could not see. He believed in God and that belief led to action; he went where God told him to go, looking forward to “the city that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Abraham was convinced that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
“By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.”
What does all this mean? These are people from the pages of the Old Testament. What is their testimony? That belief in God when activated through obedience – has great reward. That’s true today. And you can embrace this truth personally. Hear, believe and obey God. Because of who Christ is and what He did – you can be forgiven of your sin, enter into fellowship with God and all this – knowing that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him.