How To Find God

                     Chapter 11:
         Don’t Lose Your Reward

Hebrews 11 is not called the “Hall of Fame of Faith” for nothing. It is a potent exposition on the lives of your ancestors in the faith. It describes the models that your faith should copy. It contains miracles on top of miracles. And, as in the chapter entitled “The Diligent Seeker”, Hebrews 11:6 will serve as the foundational scripture for this chapter:

The lost and found said they
couldn’t help me find this reward,
that one must be found within.

But without faith it is impossible to please him:

for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Let’s review the prerequisites for receiving anything of God:

               1.) Believe that He exists, and

               2.) Believe that He is a rewarder of them that diligently                             seek Him.

             There is a reward in store only for the diligent seeker. God can determine how serious you are about finding Him based on your level of diligence. When you diligently seek Him, you seek Him steadfastly, incessantly, enthusiastically. When you look for God with all that you have, He will make Himself known unto you. Diligence will connect you (the seeker) with God (the Rewarder).

           YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS A REWARDER. YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS A REWARDER.YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS A REWARDER. YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS A REWARDER. YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS A REWARDER.

           If you have been seeking God and you have not yet received your expected reward, don’t give up. After all, Galatians 6:9 advises you not to grow weary in well doing, because you will see benefits and you will receive rewards if you faint not.
           As you seek God, your life becomes more and more blessed. Can you use a blessed life right now? The supernatural favor of God is released upon your life when you seek Him and you must believe that He will reward you because you have made seeking Him a priority.
           God insists that you believe He is a rewarder for a purpose. It means that He has something in store for you. In reference to King Uzziah, II Chronicles 26:5 says, “And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.
             Isn’t that a blessing? God will not make you do anything, but when you diligently seek Him, He will make you prosper! God cannot hold back your blessings because He said in His Word that He will reward you. Ezra 8:22 teaches, “The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him.” Take to heart that if you are seeking God, His hand is upon your life. To borrow from a colloquialism, everything He touches will turn to gold.
             When God’s hand is upon your life, He will strengthen your heart. He will serve as your help and your shield. You will not lack any good thing. He will fulfill your desires. Supernatural favor will manifest in your life. And, yes, there are spiritual rewards that God will usher your way. He will pour out His Spirit upon you and your children. Your life will change.  All your needs will be met. You won’t experience sickness in your body. Your car won’t break down. Can I get a witness?
             If  you believe there are merits for following God, you will be rewarded because He says so in His Word. I plan to be a blessed man because I am making it a point to seek God. Your life is blessed when you seek God diligently. You receive blessings on top of blessings. You experience favor on top of favor. You will realize a supernatural intervention of God in your life. Just believe that He exists and believe that He will reward you, for “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart (Psalm 119:2)”.

                                           God Has No Secrets
             The true nature of God is revealed by everything that He speaks. As you pour more and more of yourself into His Word, He will pour more and more of Himself into you. And as you become more intimate with God, you will learn as much about His nature as He already knows about yours! Literally speaking, God is an open book. Isaiah 34: 16 says, “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read.” Simply read. That is all that we are admonished to do. That is what it takes to find God.
             Chances are that you have been expected to fulfill any spoken promise that you may have uttered. On the other hand, if you have ever silently made a promise, you can easily escape responsibilty if you are not able to make it a reality. Let me explain. With all that my wife is involved in both inside and outside our home, I cannot help but think she may sometimes need a nice, relaxing evening away from all of her responsibilities.
           So, if I tell her, “Honey, clear your calendar for Friday night. I am taking you out for a night you won’t soon forget,” I will be expected to fulfill my pledge.  
           However, if I plan to take her out to show my appreciation and I have not expressed this to her, she is not offended. Why? Because I spoke it secretly.
           The Amplified Bible asserts this same idea in reference to God and His desire to reward you as follows in Isaiah 45: 18 - 19:

For thus says the Lord --- Who created the heavens, God Himself,

Who formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not   create it to be a worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited ---     

I am the Lord, and there is no one else. I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward].

I, the Lord, speak righteousness (the truth --- trustworthy, straightforward correspondence between deeds and words); I declare things that are right.

             This verse explains that you should believe that  God is a rewarder. God has not spoken anything in secret, in a dark place of the earth. For this reason, there is a witness to every word that He speaks, therefore, He will be held accountable for every oath that proceeds out of His mouth.
           As with my wife, if I make a promise in secret, I can eschew liability because I have no witnesses. But God does not speak in secret. He cannot make a promise and forget about it. He cannot make a half-hearted oath. He cannot fail to acknowledge His responsibility. You can depend on God to fulfill His Word 100% of the time. 

                                     Heaven’s Filing System
    
      When God speaks publicly (which is all the time), His Words are recorded in the archives of heaven. I envision that there are two heavenly file cabinets. The first contains the words that God has spoken but He has not yet performed. The second contains the words that God has spoken that have come to pass. When God speaks, those words are recorded in the first file cabinet and when they are performed, the records are updated in the second file cabinet. If God said it He will fullfill it and if He spoke it He will bring it to pass. God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He should repent, so everything that God speaks will be manifested.
             I feel great comfort knowing that God has not spoken in secret in a corner in the land of darkness. I am thrilled to know that He will fulfill His promises. In Isaiah 45:19, the service that God refers to deserves qualification. God had called Israel to seek Him but He had gotten angry with them because they thought their search for Him would go unrewarded. Seeking God is not a fruitless service. God will never call you to do something if there is no benefit and if there is no gain. Seeking God is not a waste. He does not speak anything in secret and He has not told you to seek Him for nothing. Instead, He has told you that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him and He has made that statement publicly. Indeed, God has promised you a just reward.
             I don’t know about you but I am waiting on my reward. I am not seeking Him for nothing. I am expecting a supernatural outpuring of God upon my life. I will be steady. I will be constant. I will be diligent. God has already promised the outpouring and all of heaven is His witness. Likewise, He has already spoken of your reward and He will bring it to pass.

                                       Follow Hard After God
 
          Waiting on God to manifest in your life is not always easy to do. Sometimes you may get discouraged or broken hearted. You may lose your confidence and hope. It may even seem that your life is only getting worse.
           In Mark 10:28, Peter challenges Jesus with, “Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.” Recall that one of the definitions of seeking God is “to follow hard after God.” Peter is reminding Jesus that he and the other disciples have left everything to follow Him. In addition, Peter implies that he is wondering when he will receive his recompense. The disciples recognized that they were part of a great move of God. They felt appreciated knowing that God had hand-chosen each of them to witness His power firsthand. But they were getting discouraged and broken-hearted. They were losing their hope and confidence.
           So Peter finally spoke up and asked about his reward.  The disciples had given up their businesses, families and pleasures. What the disciples did not know is that they would reap in due season, if they did not faint.
             In Mark 10:29-30 Jesus answers Peter with, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” There is nothing that you could ever do for Jesus’ sake, God’s sake or for your own spiritual growth and maturation that will go unrewarded. You will receive a hundredfold in this time. Everything that you sacrifice for God will be multiplied and replaced. And, not only that, you will receive eternal life in the world to come.
           Peter later became one of the most powerful apostles. Even his shadow healed people. He preached with boldness and power. He was even imprisoned and persecuted, but he experienced the fulness in his life that Jesus had so often taught him about. He even matured to the point where counted it a blessing to suffer shame for the cause of Christ. Indeed, Peter received the reward he was promised.
           Remember, when you have God, all other things will be added unto you. Believe that He is your rewarder. You may feel you do all you can and no one even tells you “thank you.” But don’t look for the praise of men. God is your reward. Serve God, not man, for your reward comes from Him.

      
Summary --- Don’t Lose Your Reward

1. God is only a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

2. When you seek God, His hand will be upon your life for good.

3. God has not spoken in secret. He has a witness for every promise He has ever made. Therefore, He is (cheerfully) obligated to fulfill His promises to you.

4. Seeking God is a fruitful service and He will reward you for your diligence. The effort and the time you expend in seeking God will not go unnoticed.

5. God will multiply and restore everything that you sacrifice in order to effectively follow Him.