“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
– Hebrews 11:6
Jesus likes to use imperfect people to do impossible things. He likes to use whatever little faith they have to move mountains in their life. It’s by faith that we’re saved, not by our works. It’s by faith that we experience the indwelling of the heavens and the outflowing of the heavens in our lives. Abraham, who was very much an imperfect character and did some kind of bad things, was chosen by God to be the father of the covenant. When He chose him, it is said that Abraham believed. What did that mean? It was accredited to him as righteousness. That he simply heard the word of God and believed it. Believed the promise, and it was accredited to him as righteousness. Faith pleases God.
Thank you, Lord, for Abraham. Thank you for his example. You called him and he was accredited as righteousness. And you call us.
Do you believe that God will use you, flaws and all?
It would be really informative to know the root of the word for “pleased” in this verse, as I doubt very much that it comes very close to what contemporary society typically uses to define this word. Any thoughts?