The Great Reward

Calla Lilly at Bloom by Carly Ogletree

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going out with one of my closest girl friends and her boyfriend. I love her to death but every time we hang out I have to give her an update on my love life, that is, why I don’t have one. I’m one of the only single friends in my friend pool, and that’s okay with me. I don’t mind updating her because of where I’m at in this season. So, I tell give her the update and we carry on about our date. We had a great time as usual but as we’re enjoying one other, a confidence rises within me and I say to myself, “Wow, I’m actually doing this. I’m actually content in all this.”

Relationships are one of my biggest prayer areas. I desire to be in one and I desire to be married one day. God has no problem with that and in fact is thrilled about it.He has already confirmed my desire because that means more ministry, more love, more unity, more families etc. He will be glorified on another level! However, even though God has given me the okay that door hasn’t been open to me yet, and I’ve just become okay with that too. I remember reading this scripture awhile ago and thinking, “If I just seek Him, then He’ll reward me.” But how selfish that thought was now that I look back on it. God isn’t a genie. You don’t get to come to Him whenever you want and make demands. No, instead, you come seeking His presence instead of His provision. Stop looking for His hand and start looking for His heart.

I realized in this season that the greatest reward in all of this is Him. After you believe that God is God, then you seek to know more about Him. There will always be parts of Him that you don’t know and the rest of your life is scavenger hunt to discover those spiritual gems. But when you find them, you find Him every time. Your reward is His peace, joy, love, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, self-control, safety, comfort etc. The list goes on and on! But you will always find it in Him. Sometimes finding it Him may lead to a person. Sometimes finding it in Him may lead to a home, career, or an increase. Who knows! But when you focus more on the creation than the Creator, you’re out of line. God says from Him are all things and for Him are all things (Romans 11:36). So just so we’re clear, God desires to reward you with created things so long as you acknowledge Him. He desires to reward you so along as you know that it was Him who rewarded you and not you of yourselves. He desires to reward you so long as you understand that your reward is for His glory. EVERYTHING is for His glory, it just so happens to benefit you in the end.

Seek His heart, His kingdom, and His righteous, and all other things you could think of or desire will be added to your life.

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