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. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)
Yesterday on my way to work I was listening to the book of Judges. I was in the couple of chapters that tell of the amazing stories of Sampson. As we were gathered around the dinner table, Sammy (my son) mentioned something about a lion. I was reminded of how Sampson tore apart a lion with his bare hands so I began to recap the highlights of the man of faith. Sammy listened intently about the lion, the donkey bone, the 1000 deaths, the fox, the wife, the power, the hair, the gouged out eyes, and finally the tumbling castle which ended in the death of thousands including Sampson.
It is easy to read an account of a man like Sampson and question his Christianity. If this man were your co-worker, wouldn't it be slightly difficult to believe he was authentic in his faith? But Sampson was filled with faith. He continually believed that God existed and rewarded those who sought him. And because of this, it was impossible for God to be displeased with Sampson.
If you and I seek the Lord, believing that he exists, and that he diligently rewards those who come; it will be impossible for God to be displeased. Without faith, it is impossible to please God; but with faith, it is impossible for God to be displeased.