Do you ever read the bible and see all the amazing things the believers did with their lives and think…”How did they do that?!” I KNOW I have. I’ve been thinking about King David of late. I mean…he wasn’t perfect, but he accomplished so many things to the glory of God. How did he do it?! More importantly…..can I do it?!
While reading my bible last week, I read Hebrews 11. I don’t think I’ve ever read it before…at least I don’t remember reading it. It is referred to as the Hall of Faith…..I think. If you haven’t read it you should.
While reading it, I was just in awe of all of the great faith expressed in the way they lived their lives and of the result of acting on that faith. Before I read it I thought I understood what it meant to have faith.
It’s the believing in what you can’t see right? “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is believing in God…in His Son Jesus… in His death and His Resurrection.
Oh, but honey….there is so much more than that.
Hebrews 11:6 says….
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.
It occurred to me…I believed many things about God. I certainly believed that he existed. I believed he would provide for me in my time of need, heal my body, restore my marriage, protect my children, love me, saved me….That seems like a pretty great list to me. I mean….it did…you know… BEFORE God opened my eyes.
The part I was missing…the part I hadn’t really thought of was the “rewards those who earnestly seek him.” I think of myself as a person who earnestly seeks God. I am not perfect (that’s probably why I like King David so much), but I seek God…I want to be more like him…I pick up my cross, die daily, and follow Him.
I am also very familiar with the scripture…”Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” Truth be told, I am not really sure what exactly “all the things” actually consist of, BUT I always thought they were like…provisions….making a way out of no way…providing your needs…giving you peace…you know, things like that.
Now as I read Hebrews 11:6 I already knew that it was impossible to please God without faith…I knew that….how is it then I didn’t know the part about rewards?
I don’t know…….but I will give the bible a plug here…This, my friends, is why we should read our bibles!! So many great nuggets!!
A reward is NOT the same as a provision. When my job pays me the money I have earned…it isn’t a reward. When I provide my children with the things they need, I am not rewarding them.
I realize now that all this time I have believed God was a provider, a need filler, be it strength I NEED to get through something or money I NEED to pay for something…or healing I NEED….you see the difference?
God will REWARD me because I earnestly seek him. He will give me blessings above and beyond my needs. He will reward me with things I don’t need, but things I WANT. That is a huge difference. It’s not just about him taking care of me…it’s about him spoiling me. I know that I pray for God to give me things I don’t need, but I am not sure if I really believed that he would.
I’ve talked about before “sparing the rod and spoiling the child.” I encourage you to spoil the people around you because you want God to spoil you. I always knew he COULD; I just don’t think I thought he necessarily WOULD.
I guess the question then is really…how do you see God? Is He JUST your Savior (which is amazing!!) and after that you are on your own in the world? Is He your provider giving you only what you need to survive this life until He calls you home? Or Do you see God as the wonderful, multi-faceted Father that He is? Do you see Him filling your life with the things you need AND bringing you amazing rewards…a God that rewards your faith by meeting more than just your needs? Blessing you beyond your imagination?
I thank God I can see more of who He is in my life. I look forward to the rewards as I earnestly seek Him!
(All smiles here!!)