Why must we believe God? Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
“Whatever is not of faith is sin” (Romans 14:23) and God hates sin. When we don’t believe God, we treat Him like He is a liar. Remember that He is everywhere and sees all things. He is hurt when we act like He doesn’t exist, or that He will not do what He promised to do. Only when we have confidence in God and His Word can we please Him.
Lack of faith leads to lack of obedience. God’s commands can only really be fulfilled through faith. Without confidence in God’s promises a man will never really do what God says. Lack of obedience in God’s eyes is rebellion. Such lack of obedience dishonors God and surely deserves to be punished.
“The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). We must live by faith in order to be considered by God “right” and “correct”. Otherwise we stand condemned.
Those who don’t believe God inevitably believe in something else. Either religious tradition, or their understanding of science, or what the women’s magazine says, or what their next door neighbour tells them, the education system, the mass-media or a combination of all these things. God is not impressed. “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22) In fact, those who don’t fully believing God end up believing the devil somewhere along the track. It is very possible to believe what the devil says without even believing that he exists! Satan is speaking through so many philosophies and religions without openly declaring himself. Not too many actually know they are trusting the words of satan and his demons.
God is therefore righteous in expecting us to believe in Him and what He says. Who is better qualified to tell us the truth and help us to find answers for life and eternity?