Sunday, March 3, 2013

God Rewards Those Who Seek Him

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

God rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Those that seek God must have faith in him.  It is a faith that hopes in the things unseen.  Hebrews 11 we get a picture of the great men of faith.  These men encountered God, believed in him and held on to the promise that God gave them.  They were commended for their faith. Many of these did not see the fulfillment of what God had promised.  Yet through it all, they sought God.

As we read we find that Abel was a man of faith, because he gave a better sacrifice than Cain.  By faith Enoch was taken from this life and did not experience death because God had taken him away.  By faith Noah was warned about things not yet seen and built an ark to save his family.  By faith Abraham was called to go to a place that would later be his inheritance and left without knowing where he was going.  He became a stranger in a foreign land and lived in tents.  By faith, even his barren wife Sarah was enabled to have a child and he became a father of many nations. By faith, when Abraham was tested by God he offered Isaac, his one and only son as a sacrifice.  Abraham knew that it was through Isaac that his offspring would come forth.  Because of what God promised,  Abraham reasoned that God could raise his son from the dead.  We continue to read about Moses parents who hid their son for three months after he was born.  They were not afraid of the king's edict.  Moses by faith refused to be known as the Pharoah's daughter and chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ greater than the treasures of Egypt. These were men of great faith.  Still even more who chose the road that is narrow.  They were faced with adversity, hardship, death and chose to believe God over their circumstances.  Their hope was not in this world.  They knew that they had a better promise.  They knew that no matter what happened, they would seek God and his will.  They knew he would reward them.

They understood that they were strangers to this world.  Their hope was in a better country. Their eyes were set on the things above.  They were looking for the city of God.  They were seeking the promise that was from afar.  Some of these great men of faith were willing to give up their position of status and riches.  Others gave their lives.  Some were tortured, chained and put in prison. Others were killed.  Some conquered kingdoms, administered justice and gained what was promised.  Then there were those whose weakness was turned to strength.  Along with those who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.

No matter what you are facing today, God desires that we come to the place where our hope is not in this world.  He desires that we believe that he exists and he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  The enemy tries to get us to believe that when something goes wrong or something bad happens, that God did this to you or doesn't care, but those who believed also experienced pain, sorrow, loss and hurt.  This world is fallen and God desires that we walk by faith knowing that God does care for us and has plans for our life.  I don't understand why bad things have happened in some of our lives, but God is one who knows everything.  He desires to restore our soul and to bring us hope.  He tells us that one day he will wipe away every tear from our eyes.  We will be free from the hurt, the pain and the sorrow in this life.  He has given us an eternal hope and we know that although we can have a foretaste of his goodness now, he will truly know that we will reward us for seeking him.  Today we will go from blessing to blessing, hope to hope, faith to faith, life to life and glory to glory.

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