Friday, September 21, 2012

Believe That God Is Your Rewarder

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible 2 please Him, for he who comes 2 God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Most people quote only the first part of Hebrews 11:6 — “without faith it is impossible 2 please Him”. Yet, it goes on 2 say, “for he who comes 2 God must believe that He is, & that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. In other words, the faith that pleases God is the kind of faith that believes that God exists & that He is a rewarder.

The Bible also says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1) So even in times of difficulty, when we don’t see good things happening in our circumstances, we are 2 believe that God will turn things around & reward us.

God turned things around 4 Ruth, the Moabite widow, when she believed the Lord & made Him her God. (Ruth 1:16) The Bible tells us that she was given a “full reward” by the Lord when she came under His wings 4 refuge. (Ruth 2:12) Not only did He give her protection, He also gave her abundant provision, exceeding favor & a glorious redemption. (Ruth 2:9–17, 3:11, 4:10–13) When Rahab, the harlot of Jericho, heard reports of how the Lord had opened up the Red Sea 4 the children of Israel, she believed that “He is God in heaven above & on earth beneath”. (Joshua 2:9–11) Though Rahab had not personally witnessed the miracles, she believed God & hid the Jewish spies from their pursuers. (Joshua 2:4–6) Because of her faith, she not only did not perish with those who did not believe (Joshua 6:25, Hebrews 11:31), but she was also given a place in the “hall of faith” in Hebrews 11.

God was so pleased with the faith of these two Gentile women that He not only blessed them in their lifetimes, but He also put them into the genealogy of His Son Jesus Christ, the great Redeemer & rewarder. 

Beloved, when u come 2 the Lord with your needs, believe that He is God, & that He is a Rewarder. God has pleasure in this kind of faith. He wants 2b the rewarder of your faith in Him!