Receiving a reward is wonderful. It is a recognition of something attained or accomplished. What is even more significant is the source of the reward. To receive a reward from the Queen of England is greater than winning a Carnival game. It is an honour to be invited to receive from someone of great stature.
Can you imagine what it is like to receive a reward from the Creator of all things! That is precisely what happens for those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that just to seek God results in a reward from God himself.
Seeking God must be a very special task for God to present a reward.
In Hebrews 11, we read about the heroes of faith. These “spiritual giants” placed their faith in the One who transcends every situation. No matter what happened, they were looking for the One who is above all. Some may be tempted to seek God because of some type of trophy. In doing so, they would be short-sighted. No matter how great the reward given, nothing can compare to God himself. He is the One who spoke a billion times a billion worlds into existence, knows the thought of all six billion plus inhabitants of the earth, and is not subject to time or space. Seek God? We would be foolish not to seek him.
God said to Abraham that he (God) was his (Abraham’s) reward. (Genesis 15:1) Surely Abraham could have considered becoming the father of many nations a prize but God said otherwise.
Who needs rewards when you have God? A trophy vaporizes like steam when compared to God himself.
So, God is the rewarder but he is also the reward for those who seek him. The way we seek him is through faith and belief “That he is” – in all areas of life. The question we ask is “Where is God”? Hebrews 11 says that Abraham looked for God when asked to sacrifice Isaac and found a God who was “able to raise people even from the dead”. (Hebrews 11:19)
When reading and studying scripture, we also seek God by looking for him on every page. “What does scripture say about God?” is the most valuable question every time we pick up the Bible.
Have you looked at the vastness of the sky above? Worship pours out from God’s creation. This is seeking God through the created. Sometimes I will notice brilliant colours and begin to worship God for what he created. When blessings surprise us, we worship the God of all love. And, in difficult times, just like those in Hebrews 11, we worship God in faith. In these ways, we recognize God. This is seeking him in all areas of life.
I don’t know about you, but my joy is seeking God, both my rewarder and my reward. Any other prize is bonus. We appreciate your Comments