He ( or she ) that believes in God must first believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIm. Hebrews 11:6
Well, it is a given, you have to believe in God. Even if you don’t see Him. Just look around at creation, you should find it easy to believe. Oh, I know, ” What about lack, poverty and famine.?” There is also an enemy called the devil and man can be infleunced by him as well. Most of the ills of the world are from the fall of Adam and many evils man made, and women do bad things too.
But what about those of us who seek Him, who diligently seek Him? Those of us who are happy to sit at His feet and learn? He is a rewarder of us. And not just spiritual things. Though I know fasting can really move mountains at times, even partial fasts. It is not just spiritual rewards or heavenly rewards.
It may not always be money, either. But that is certainly not to say it isn’t. He does give power to get wealth to establish His covenant in the earth. Money is not the root of evil, the love of it is, just as the desire for lack of it is a false pride or humility. Though it was an acceptable teaching among Catholics and those in monastic life and perhaps still is. With all due respect, I disagree with that idea, I think faithful clerrgy could dispense funds wisely, while some higher ups that are not so pious may misuse it. It’s true of any denomination, corporation, even government.
But God gives wisdom and from His mouth we get understanding. We spent a lot of time at the New Year seeking wisdom. So we also know He gives wisdom, and that we are all blessed already with spiritual knowledge, we must learn how to use it, and also to contol our tongues. Self control is also a fruit of the spirit which we should all have working in us if the devil does not get to us and we let the Holy Spirit be quenched. We should be thirsty for His prescence and then we will be able to receive freely the gifts He has.
Whether a reward is a child, a new home, paid debts or call to minister and the abilities to fulfill it. Whether you become famous or a financier, or just the PTA president. He has rewards that are for all of us. Sometimes, it may be as simple as puppy’s kiss on a tough day, or a box of cookies, or bouquet of flowers. But sometimes, it will overwhelm you. Rebecca Jones