And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NLT
Bill Johnson preached a sermon about how God rewards those who diligently seek him. He spoke from Chapter 11 of Hebrews near the beginning of God’s Faith Hall of Fame. You likely know that chapter speaks of the faith of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and Sarah.
In verse 6 it says how God rewards those who diligently seek him. This week our church began its annual 21 days of prayer and fasting. Each morning we worship in an auditorium with hundreds of people, if not thousands, who are diligently seeking God. Who ached to be in his presence. Who decided 6 am was not too early to brave the cold and go to the house of God and seek his face.
There were pregnant women, business women, dad’s with sons, teens, husbands and wives. Maybe they came seeking his presence. I know they came expecting God to hear their pleas and answer. But I hadn’t thought about this concept of being rewarded for diligently seeking him. And we were DILIGENTLY seeking him at 6am. Hundreds of us in buildings across the state-praying, seeking. It always leaves me at a loss to describe it. If ever you can, just come be a part.
So if God is just waiting to reward us when we really and truly seek him, there must have been a lot of rewarding going on in and around Birmingham. Here’s what it looked like for me. I had left something undone at work. A big something. And I was a little scared, okay terrified, of the outcome of admitting it. And when I did, after seeking God that morning, my reward was my boss saying its okay, we will figure it out. Not how could I have missed it or any of the other awful things my mind conjured up. God does reward those who sincerely seek him.
It is interesting to me that this verse was Pastor Johnson’s sermon topic. Prior to listening to it I read Hebrews 12:1-3 in an Ann Voskamp blog post. Jon Bloom was her guest writer on the topic of procrastination. He seemed to offer a way out of it and Lord knows I need that.
He wrote about how Christ endured cross, shame, whatever because of the joy set before him. The place of honor, right alongside God! His reward. Those words tied it togther for me. At a revival at Greater Bethel AME Church, Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems preached. And 25 years later I still hear her voice ringing out, “Jesus, who. for. the. joy…” And she clapped he large hands with each word and seared it in my soul. He endured it all for me. I surrendered my life to Christ that night.
God is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him – do it for the joy! Selah…
Your turn. How has Christ rewarded you for diligently seeking him? Share your thoughts in the comments. ~ Andrea