Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 25 Scripture Selection: I Timothy 3
Food for Thought: I Tim. 3:16
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6, “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.” It takes faith in God to please Him, and wrapped up in that faith is believing the whole picture of Who He is and what He has done, found summarized in I Timothy 3:16: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”
In order to please God and receive the reward He has prepared, it is necessary to believe every detail of the “mystery of godliness” mentioned in I Timothy 3:16, not rejecting any element of it. Remember, we do not have to understand it intellectually with our minds in order to believe. Believing is with our hearts (“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness,” Rom. 10:10). Further, the complete story cannot be amended, diluted, or rejected. It is all or nothing.
The first step in believing is seeking. The good news is that if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him (Deut. 4:29; Ps. 119:2) and find Truth, and know exactly what to believe (see Ps. 85:10; 86:11; 89:14; 119:30; Eph. 1:13). If we seek Him diligently through His Word, we will find what we are to put our faith in.
The Lord does not desire that this Good News and the revelation of Who He is remain a mystery to mankind. Even to those of us who believe, He continues to reveal more and more of Himself, as evidenced in Colossians 1:25-27 and 2:2, 3. We could walk with the Lord our whole lives and still discover even more of the Lord. Even the apostle Paul wrote, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him… (Phil. 3:9, 10).”
Yes, it takes faith to please God. Faith in Him. Let the Word shine the light in your heart and allow it to reveal more deeply Who God is, and believe on Him fully (2 Cor. 4:6). It is very rewarding.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):