It’s the striving that wears us out. The constant search for the next thing to do that we hope will result in the approval and peace that we want so badly. With each attempt towards validation, we only dig a hole which is self-defeating and confusing. How can someone be trying so hard and feeling so inadequate?
Ultimately, for many of us, these attempts are to please God. They are an effort to get ahead of the curve we believe we created by our sin. We scramble like mice on a treadmill hoping to reach a finish line which isn’t even part of the equation.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
If we aren’t careful, we’ll create a burden even in the reading of that passage. We’ll pick up on “pleasing” God and start trying. What does the faith requirement point to? It points to God. It points to belief in Him and a seeking of Him. It points to a relationship.
If we believe in God in faith and come to Him based in that belief and do so diligently to grow in our relationship with the One whom we believe in, then we please God. If we believe in Him, we will automatically seek Him. Once you know of the existence of God at a level of true belief, the only reasonable response is to want to commune with Him.
One encounter, one revelation, one affirmation leads to another and another and another. Your experience with the One that you have faith enough to believe in grows. Your relationship takes shape through the experience of your seeking. The result is pleasing to Him because He ultimately desires relationship. That’s the purpose of our creation. That’s His purpose for us.
The same faith that led you to believe in Him enough to seek Him is the very thing that validates you. Let Him decide what makes Him happy with you and don’t allow the confusion of insecurity or religion dictate a life of striving. Rest in Him as He rests in you. Allow the pleasure of God to be a part of your belief and seeking.