Devotional 51: God is a Rewarder

The verse that motivated me to start looking for and writing about Bible statements that clearly show who God is and what He does is 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” (KJV).  Subsequently, we have pondered many but certainly not all of God’s attributes and acts.  Presently, we circle back to meditate on the truth in this verse that God rewards those who seek Him. If you have made it this far in the meditations, surely you must be seeking Him.  Have you any rewards?

God revealed himself as the One-who-rewards to Abram when He directly told him in Genesis 15:1, “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”  He then followed His promise with a gift of righteousness to Abram as revealed in verse 6, “And [Abram] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Have you received this gift by grace through faith (Romans 3-5)?

Throughout the stories of the Bible there are many evidences that God rewards those who seek Him.  God rewarded the Old Testament priests with temporal provision for their service (Numbers 18:29-31).  Boaz’s praise and hope for Ruth demonstrated a deep belief that God would reward her for her faith and faithfulness to Naomi. He said, “The LORD repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”  King David testified in Psalm 19:11 that “in keeping [God’s law, testimony, precepts, and commandments] there is great reward.”

Proverbs 25:21-22, says that “the LORD will reward you” if you care for the needs of your enemy. So we should not be surprised that the Lord Jesus expanded upon this truth, “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil” (Luke 6:35).  God’s promise of great reward for loving like Him, by being kind to evil people, can only be attained by His work of grace in us.  We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:7-21).  Are you daily relying on God’s grace to live in such away that you might receive His rewards?

In Christ there is a promise of inheritance with all of its rewards as 1 Peter 1:3-5 exclaims, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” As we wait, how should we live?  Live as Paul admonished believers in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  Is this how you live, play, and work?

Now that we have begun to come to an end of the meditations presented in this study, can you say that you have come to know more personally the God who rewards them who seek Him?  Have you experienced some of God’s rewards in your search for Him?   Are you looking forward to His future rewards with a heart more dedicated to seeking Him faithfully each day of your life? Am I? My hope and prayer is that we can say, “Yes!”  By the grace of God, let’s follow through because He is!  But let us take heed to the warning of 2 John 1:7-8, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward.”

With Prayer, Mark

© March, 2013         Scripture quoted: ESV – Emphasis added

Verses for our meditation:  God Is a Rewarder

Psalm 58:10-11, The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.  Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

Proverbs 25:21-22,  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

Isaiah 40:10-11,  Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Isaiah 62:11,  Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.”

1 Samuel 26:22-25,  And David answered and said, “Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and take it. The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the LORD gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the LORD’s anointed.  Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.” Then Saul said to David, “Blessed be you, my son David! You will do many things and will succeed in them.” So David went his way, and Saul returned to his place.

Matthew 5:11-12,  “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 6:1  “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven (read all of Mathew 6 and 10:40-42).

1 Corinthians 3:10-15,  According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw– each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

Hebrews 10:34-39,  For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

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