31Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
When you look up into the sky and see the stars at night, you can marvel at how many stars there are and how big the universe is. Unfortunately, billions of people gaze up, but don’t think much about where those stars came from and how huge our galaxy is and how much larger the universe is.
This passage says that by faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command. God created the universe out of nothing, from God’s spoken word. Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham were all known for their faith. We all need faith to please God. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. It takes faith and sacrifice to get closer to God and to obey God. We may not be rewarded in the world, but the reward that we should be seeking is to come from God.