I have been reading through the book of Hebrews the past few days, and I have to say, I forgot how much I like that book. There are some hard-hitting lines for sure, and I think that’s what I like. There was one verse this time that really stuck out to me, something I think I sub-consciously knew, but never really came to grips with. Hebrews 11:6 “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” It makes sense to me, but I don’t think I ever really applied it to my life. I am more like the father in Mark 9 proclaiming “I believe! Help me in my disbelief.” (v. 24) While I believe we are all like this to a certain extent, the point I want to make is that I never really make it to the second part. In Mark 9 when the man admits he has a holes in his faith, and needs help. Christ attributes the faith to heal his son to him. I just go around saying I believe, knowing that I have holes in my faith.
Specifically for the verse in Hebrews, I believe God exists, but most of the time I think I doubt “that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.” I doubt he will respond to me. I wonder though, how many of us are like that? I wonder, if we all fully believes that God would respond to us how much more vibrant the American church might actually be. I don’t think I’ve solved that problem, just a thought.
Do you have holes in your faith?