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reward

Hebrews 11:6 tells us that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” What does that mean to you? Do you really believe it?

The word “rewarder” literally means “paymaster”. When was the last time you worried every time payday came around whether you were going to be remunerated for your labor or not? I know there are some who have worked for companies who have had financial problems from time to time but, for the most part, getting a check on payday is a part of our routine.

The implication of Hebrews 11:6 is that when we live by faith we can expect God to do great things on our behalf. The first part of the verse tells us that faith pleases God. Faith gets God’s attention and procures his favor upon our lives. The Scripture says that, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:3) Later, in the same chapter (v. 21), Paul gives us an idea of what that looked like when he said that Abraham was “fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised”, and so Abraham acted with confidence in regard to God’s instruction.

It is important to note that obedience is the evidence of genuine faith. That’s what James meant when he explained that “faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) Diligently seeking God means putting him first in our lives and making his priorities ours. Jesus was adamant when he told his listeners that if they would make the Kingdom (i.e., God’s way of doing things) their priority, God would supply everything they had need of (Matthew 6:33). That’s why the writer of Hebrews could be so bold in his earlier statement about God being pleased with and rewarding those who live by faith.

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