But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is…
1. Only: "Aut Caesar, aut nullus" — Him only shalt thou serve. We must not with Ahaziah seek to Beelzebub, the god of Ekron: but to Jehovah, the God of Israel.
2. We must seek Him diligently, as Saul did his father's asses, the woman her lost groat: there must be no stone unrolled, as the Ninevites, who cried with all their might.
3. At all times. In health, in wealth, in honour (Hosea 5.). "In their affliction they will seek Me diligently: in health as well as in sickness." We will seek to a man so long as we need him: we need God at all times, therefore at all times let us seek unto Him.
4. In time, not as the five foolish virgins, who sought too late, and could have no admittance into the marriage feast.
(W. Jones, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.