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The Rewarder

Hebrews 11:6: 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.

When I was a child in school my father rewarded me with a dime for every A I got on my report card. Report cards came out every 6 weeks. Back then we had eight subjects. I seldom got an A in music but I would usually get an A in six or seven of the other subjects. When I got sixty or seventy cents I thought I was wealthy. I did a lot of that studying and applying myself because I believed that my father was a rewarder. My father always came through. He really was a rewarder.

What do you believe about God? Do you believe that He is a Rewarder? A lot of people believe that He is a Collector. They believe that if we get close to Him or obey Him He will collect things from them that they need. They believe that He will take good things from them. Those are lies from the pit of Hell. Those lies are intended to keep us from trusting Him and getting all that He has for us.

Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Psalms 84:11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Many people believe that faith in God guarantees wealth and health in this life. It does not. God does not guarantee those things because He guarantees superior things. He guarantees more lasting things. He guarantees more important things. Health and wealth in this life are fleeting.

Matthew 6:20: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Luke 12:15: And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man*s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Are you aware of this more abundant life? Are you enjoying it? Are you seeking it? Do you recognize the shallowness and futility of seeking the wrong kind of life? Are you wasting yourself on the wrong things?

My father offered a nickel and a dime to two of my older brothers, Vernon and Ken. Vernon got first choice because he was older. He took the nickel because it was bigger. The things of this life can look bigger to us but they are not. The things we desire can look bigger than what God desires but they are not. We can get fooled much like my brother Vernon did. Satan is a shrewd deceiver. My brother eventually learned that he chose something of lesser value. Have we learned yet that God offers greater value than we choose?

There is a catch. God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. The verse does not say that He is a rewarder of them that seek rewards. It does not even say that He is a rewarder of them that seek His rewards. It does not say that He is a rewarder of them that know the value of the rewards. The lone requirement is that we diligently seek Him.

He has everything. If we have Him we have everything.

The word diligently is important. It doesn*t mean half-hearted. It doesn*t mean on-again off-again. You know what it means for you and I know what it means for me. It means to do the best we can.

Ecclesiates 9:10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

The best thing, the most important thing we can do with our might is to seek God. When I wanted a job I sought it diligently. When I wanted to retire I sought it diligently. When I am hungry I diligently seek food. When I need rest I diligently go to bed. When I wanted that pretty young girl to be my wife I sought her diligently. God guarantees that when we seek Him we will find Him.

Jeremiah 29:13: And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

So what are the rewards that God wants to give us? They are limitless. They are endless. They are beyond our thoughts. They are unspeakable. They are beyond description. They are better than we expect.

Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 2:9: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

2 Corinthians 9:15: Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

2 Corinthians 12:4: How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

1 Peter 1:8: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

We are often disappointed when we get what we want. When I have wanted a new car and then got one, it was always a little disappointing. The enjoyment of it didn*t last. When we get what the Lord wants for us the enjoyment lasts. When we get what the Lord wants to give us it is never a disappointment.

Proverbs 10:22: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

When we get what we want it only makes us happy. When we get what God wants us to have it makes us joyful. The word happy is related to the word happen. We are happy when good things happen to us. But we are joyful no matter what happens. My wife and I have been through some very difficult things in the last six months. A year ago or 10 years ago those difficulties would have made us miserable. I realized a few days ago that in spite of the difficulties and through the difficulties I still have the joy of the Lord. My wife also appreciates and enjoys her restricted life much more than I would have imagined. She has been spending most of her days in a wheel chair as a result of her illness. The Lord has given us the grace to deal with all these things. He did not give that grace to us a year ago or 10 years ago. He gave it to us now. What He gives is always at the right time.

Hebrews 4:16: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Would God give me grace to help in time of need if I didn*t seek Him? Would He supply all of my need if I didn*t diligently seek Him. Of course He would. But He has been so wonderful how could I not seek Him diligently?

Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Do you know first-hand that He is Wonderful? Do you call Him Wonderful? How foolish we are and how empty our lives are when we do not seek that Wonderful One!

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