There’s an incredible phrase in Hebrews: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” This statement shows us the path we must take. Only by trusting can we truly please God! If our primary motive is pleasing God, we’ll never please Him enough and we’ll never learn trust…If all we bring to God is our moral striving, we’re back at the same lie that put us in need of salvation. We’re stuck with our independent talents, longings, and resolve to make it happen. This self-sufficient effort to assuage a distant diety–it nauseates God.

Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, John Lynch
The Cure (San Clemente: CrossSection, 2011), 21