This scripture talks about faith and its importance in pleasing God, coming to Him and seeking Him. It also speaks of God rewarding those who earnestly seek Him. The Amplified Bible words the end of this verse, “…who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].”
I have heard people discuss their view of this verse saying, “I don’t need a reward for seeking Him.” My response to that is – that isn’t an option. Phrased another way, we do “A” and God does “B”, where “B” could be anything of His choosing – but there is going to be a “B”. In 1 Samuel 26:23a David declares, “The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness.” This is simply one of God’s realities for us.
I am reminded of the story about Henry Brooks Adams:
Henry was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams, the fourth of seven children, and began journaling at a young age. When he was 8 years old he spent a day fishing with his father – a very busy man. Henry’s journal entry states: “Went fishing with my father today, the most glorious day of my life.”
That day was so special that he continued to talk about it for many years. Thirty years later he looked at his father’s journal entry for that day and found: “Went fishing with my son, a day wasted.”
We can become so preoccupied with business and “things” that we totally miss the truly priceless things that might be around us – or there for us to be richly blest if we but take the time to see and embrace them. I find that one of the marvelous “rewards” that God offers to those who earnestly seek Him – is Himself.
Though He lives within Christians, and is always with us. There are aspects of His presence that He makes available to experience that are not the norm. They are so special that they are remembered like Henry remembered the special day he got to spend with his father. They become one of the most glorious days of our lives.
To be continued…