“And without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6

Is it really impossible to please God apart from faith? Really? Many of us often throw around the word impossible, but what we really mean is improbable. Growing up I always said that running a marathon would be impossible. What I meant was improbable. Sure enough, I ran my first marathon at age 20. Often when we use the word impossible, we really mean implausible. Perhaps some of you recall the prospect of sending a man to the moon and thought: Impossible! However, after July of 1969, what once seemed impossible was now better described as implausible.

And yet the God of all creation has declared with full assurance that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” He did not say it was improbable or implausible, but impossible to please Him.

And yet, here we are in a great stream of history attempting the otherwise impossible. Attempting the improbable is brave. Attempting the implausible is courageous.

Attempting the impossible is insanity. And Hebrews 11:6 stands as a warning sign on the banks of the great stream of history: Don’t come any closer. Don’t attempt the impossible. Apart from faith, you will never please God. Salvation is in Christ alone by grace alone through faith alone.

So, trust Him this day. Faith is just that – trust. It’s a new heart that says: God, I confess your ways are better than my ways. Your will is better than my will. Forgive me. Change me. Mold me. Make me. I am Yours. Cry out to Him as you read this now: I believe, help my unbelief. And reach out to me at KylerSmith@hgbc.org and I will gladly show you what a life of faith can look like.

Dr. Kyler Smith
Senior Associate Pastor
Hickory Grove Baptist Church,
Charlotte, NC