"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
This is a great verse, isn't it? Most consider it the key verse of the great 11th Chapter of Hebrews. In one concise sentence it captures the essence of faith that pleases God. For that reason it is worthy of our consideration.
So, what IS this faith pleases God?
Faith is coming to God - "because anyone who comes to him"
Everyone is drawn to something - or someone. What you are drawn to reveals a lot about you and, it will have a profound impact on you.
If you are drawn to money you may be greedy or ambitious.
If you are drawn to cars, boats, or houses you may be materialistic.
If you are drawn to God it is evidence that you have a measure of faith active within you.
Faith pleases God when it draws you toward Him!
Faith is believing God exists - "must believe that he exists"
Why would you come to someone Who does not exist? Why would you be drawn to an non-existent person?
Faith is seeing the invisible and touching the intangible. Faith is knowing that which cannot be completely known.
Faith is overcoming the natural tendency to disbelieve what we cannot tangibly verify or prove. So, believing God exists shows that we have moved beyond the natural to the spiritual. Faith comes from hearing the truth about God's nature and existence from the Word of God and believing what it says. That pleases God!
Faith seeks God earnestly - "that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."
One evidence that God is real is that the more you seek Him the more you want to seek Him. That is because He rewards your earnest seeking with His presence and His goodness and His comfort and His joy and His love!
Earnest seeking means that you pursue Him not for what He can give you nor what you can get from Him. You seek Him earnestly to get more of Him! You let nothing stop you from your spiritual pursuit of God.
Who are you trying to please?
If you want to please God it will take faith.