“The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight.”
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9a
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God
must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
It’s been several years since the Lord first showed me a connection between 2 Chronicles 16:9 and Hebrews 11:6 – that those whose heart is blameless toward Him, those whom He seeks out to bring strong support, are those who believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
It is faith.
It is trust.
Trust in the Lord is the mark of the blameless.
Trust demonstrated in obedience, as is seen in the proverb above. Because if we truly trust Him, we will follow His leading and His commands (and His leading will never go against His commands). And if we follow Him, He will not let us down. We will be acknowledging Him in all our ways, every moment, and we will hear Him behind us saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Proverbs 3:6; Isaiah 30:21).
So the question comes – do we trust Him? Really trust Him, particularly in seasons of struggle or the unknown?
I love the promise held in Hebrews 11:6. I love the verse’s focus. Because it centers on relationship. Our drawing near to God is what pleases Him. And drawing near is not about proving ourselves. We draw near by believing that He exists. And with that, there must be faith in His character and involvement – we must believe that He rewards those who seek Him.
One element we can draw, then, is that we do not seek Him in vain – “I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain’” (Isaiah 45:19). And seeking Him, waiting on Him, choosing to pursue Him above all else – it does not put us at risk of missing out. Seeking God will not leave us with less. It is the pursuit of more. It is the pursuit of all the abundant life He has for us.
God will not be unfaithful to those who seek Him. To those who appear to risk all for the sake of obedience. He is never unfaithful to His own. So if in our determined pursuit of Christ, a door closes, it is not a sign that we made the wrong choice in following Him – rather, it was a redirection to the more God has waiting for us. More of light. More of hope. More of freedom. More of joy. More of Him.
Ok, confession: there was a point during that paragraph that I stopped cold. I was writing in my journal, and I wrote the words, “if in our determined pursuit of Christ, a door closes” – and my heart resisted. With intensity. I knew where the sentence was going. I knew it needed to go there. That was the whole point, the whole truth God was bringing out. But I did not want to finish it. I stopped immediately and said out loud, “I don’t want to write that! I don’t.” And I put my journal and pencil down. Not in defiance – I didn’t slam things shut and refuse. But goodness, I did not want to finish that sentence. I considered erasing the words “a door closes” and phrasing it a different way. An easier way. Because that resistance – it was my heart hitting fear. The fear that if I wrote those words, if I made them a part of this, they would come true for me here, in my current season. Even now, that fear stirs.
But no. No. That fear will not win.
So with much intentionality, we are bringing Hebrews 11:6 back into play. Because that is what we must do when fear threatens. Run to Scripture. Run to truth. Immerse yourself in it and let the powerful, faithful, steadfast love of God drown out the lies.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
I am seeking Him here. And He sees that. And it matters to His heart. I matter to His heart. He will not abandon me here. He will not fail to reward my seeking Him above all else. My trust in Him is not misplaced.
He knows the plans of His heart and He will see them accomplished (Psalm 33:11). And I know the heart of my God – it is poured out on the pages of Scripture, with a love powerful enough to conquer death for me.
“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
It is grace that covers us. Favor that surrounds us as a shield (Psalm 5:12). Love that holds us up when our foot slips (Psalm 94:18). Goodness and mercy that pursue us all our days (Psalm 23:6). Light and joy that are sown into our path (Psalm 97:11).
Our God is good (Psalm 119:68). He is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). So rest assured – you can trust Him here, wherever you are. Seek Him wholeheartedly. Love Him with your whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. Far above all else. Do not hold back. Do not let fear sway you. He loves you and will not let you down.
Whatever your path holds, whatever doors close or open, keep following Christ. Keep trusting Him. Trust the plans of His heart, because His heart is beautiful and good and steadfast.
Our God is love. And that love will never fail (1 John 4:8; 1 Corinthians 13:8).