“For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved” ( Hebrews 10:37-39 )
Faith pleases God, in fact Hebrews 11 records, “without faith it is impossible to please God...” This means that our faith is a baseline. The verse goes on to say, “...because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” ( Hebrews 11:6 ). So it is no surprise that the Bible says that the righteous will live by faith.
We first come to God by faith. We place faith in what Jesus did for us to bring us into fellowship with God. Colossians tells us that in the same way we received Christ we are to continue living in Him ( Colossians 2:6 ). We received Christ by faith so it makes sense that all of our lives we are to continue in faith believing God in all things.
So we learn an important truth in this passage, through faith we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed throughout life, instead we are of those who believe and rise to any occasion because of what God is able to accomplish through us. Paul said that we are more than conquerors ( Romans 8:37 ), nothing in life can stand in our way, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” ( Romans 8:38-39 ). His love enables us to be more than conquerors and to rise up in faith by believing what God has spoken to us in the midst of this world.
We also have a promise that Christ is coming very soon. He will not delay, so as we wait for that glorious day, we are to live by faith knowing without a doubt that this day is quickly approaching. To prepare, this is how we can please God, by trusting Him in all things, By waiting patiently knowing that what He has said will come to pass and by continually standing in faith. Because “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved” ( Hebrews 10:39 ).