The Primary Role of Faith

It is possible to live a long, prosperous and healthy life without having faith. It is possible to have a wonderful marriage and award-winning, well-adjusted children without having faith. It is possible to be sick and recover without having faith. It is possible to be poor and then become rich without having faith. People have done all of these things without ever having faith. However, the scripture is clear the one thing that is impossible without faith.

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

There you have it: it is impossible. Without faith, we CANNOT please God.

I was under the impression that every believer has this understanding as the number one driver of motives and actions. I thought so until I was rudely awakened when I saw fellow Christians quit believing God because of something bad that happened: their spouse left them, they lost a job, a loved one died, they got sick or whatever else. It appears to me that their motivation for faith was lacking an understanding of the primary role of faith, which is to please God.

We are designed to please God and in fact, we find our fulfillment in doing what we are designed to do. However, you cannot really please Him apart from faith. The Hebrews 11 passage in context reads:

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

– Hebrews 11:5-6

Enoch had this testimony, that he pleased God. That is what our life is designed to be – to please God. Again, it is in doing what we are designed to do that we find fulfillment.
 
This makes understanding faith, its role in the life of a believer and how it works, of paramount importance if you would execute a victorious and successful Christian life.
 
Every teaching we, and other teachers of faith, have taught on the subject of faith and how to believe God for stuff, is predicated on the expectation that every believer starts out, and is founded, on this truth as a bedrock principle to live by.
 
To live a life that is worthy of the divine declaration, “this is My well beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” is a work of grace receivable by faith.
 
For a believer in Christ to pursue life apart from a desire, an orientation, and a daily walk to please God is to make a shipwreck of one’s faith.