…He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Being diligent is being conscientious in paying attention to a task; it is the act of giving the degree of care required in a given situation. It also means to show persevering determination to do a task. A diligent person doesn’t give up on a task just because she encounters obstacles. No! When it is a worthy cause she pursue it until she sees what she’s looking for.
Diligence is a desirable quality for anyone desirous of a life of peace and joy. More often than not, a diligent person gets rewarded.
The anchor scripture for this article says, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” What can anyone possibly get as a reward from an invisible God? This and more are some of the issues discussed in this article.
God is invisible and His gifts are intangible
No living being has ever seen God. In fact, God told Moses that no man can see Him and live. Though invisible, God’s awesome power is visible for all to see. The things God created – the oceans, mountains, hills and vegetation – are proofs of His great power.
All through the scriptures, God’s gifts to His people are intangible (incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch). The Bible says, “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who you gives the power to get wealth…” Deuteronomy 8 verse 18. No one has ever seen power; we only see the result of power. Along this same line, in John chapter 3, after Jesus had told Nicodemus that he be born-again, He (Jesus) likened a man born of the Spirit to the wind. In verse 8, Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
God’s gifts are intangible but the wise use of the gifts by the receiver produces tangible results. When you ask God for something tangible, He gives you the gift with which to produce the tangible thing you want. While teaching His disciples what it takes to receives whatever they want, Jesus said, “If you…being evil, know to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” Luke 11 verses 11 to 13. For a long time, I couldn’t wrap my mind round the idea of God giving those that seek Him the Holy Spirit when earthly fathers give tangible gifts their children. I have since come to the understanding that the Holy Spirit is the Power of creation. I would rather be given the power to create what I need than any tangible gifts.
The other difference between tangible and intangible gifts is that tangible gifts fade away while intangible gifts are ever lasting. The scripture says, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary (liable to change,) but the things which are not seen are eternal (constant or unchanging).
Reward for God seekers
God’s promise to those that seek Him is that they would find Him. In Jeremiah 29:13, God said, “And you will seek me, and find me, when you search for me with all your heart”. From this Bible passage, we learn that we are diligent when we do things with all our heart. This verse of scripture together with our anchor scripture however raises three questions. First, how can I find an invisible God? Second, how will I know I’ve found an invisible God? Third, what reward can an invisible God give me for seeking Him?
The answer to the first question is to seek Him. It’s said that we find what we look for. When you seek God diligently, you will find Him. That’s His promise to you. Let’s leave the second question for now and move to the third. You get your reward for seeking God when you find Him. When we search for something, our reward is in finding it. When you look for God and find Him, you’ve got your reward for your effort.
When God Is Found
Since God is invisible, you find Him when you hear His voice. That is your reward for diligently seeking Him. God said, “My sheep hear my voice.” This corroborates what we said earlier about the gift of God being intangible. For the effort you put into seeking God, He rewards you with His voice! Before you say, “Is that all there’s to seeking God?,” I want you to consider the benefits of hearing God’s voice contained below.
The point to note is that seeking God is a continuous effort. You don’t stop seeking Him, if you do, after a while you’ll stop hearing His voice. In addition, God’s voice is something you learn to recognize. The great prophet Samuel initially had a challenge recognizing God’s voice (I Samuel chapter 3). When you start seeking God, you will definitely make mistakes. There will be times He will speak to you and you will think it’s your mind. Some other times, you will take the voice of your mind for His voice. One thing is certain though, and that is, when you persevere you will get accustomed to His voice.
How to seek God
The first step to seeking God is to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. You do this by confessing to God that you are a sinner and that you accept the sacrifice Jesus made by dying for your sin. You can do these in your room. After accepting Jesus, get a Bible and try to read it daily (I recommend you start reading from The Book of John). Make every effort to obey what the Bible commands you to do and learn to pray to God daily. Last but not the least; look for a church where you will fellowship and grow in faith.
In seeking God, you should obey His commandment to love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the key attribute of God. When you love your neighbour, you manifest God’s quality and He will let you find Him by hearing His voice.
Your neighbour is anyone you’re capable of helping. You need not worry about discerning who exactly to help among those you’re capable of helping because God will guide you to know those that deserve your help.
Benefits of hearing God’s Voice
Hearing God’s voice is important because life is all about decisions. Some of life’s important decisions are: the profession to pursue, where to work, the person to marry, where to live, and so on. If you agree that God is omniscient (knows all things), you will appreciate that God’s voice can guide you in all these important life’s decisions. The scripture says, “There’s a way that seems right to a man but the end there of is a way of death.” This Bible verse captures the dangers awaiting people who are not guided by God’s voice.
Some of the benefits of hearing God’s voice are:
- You will always know what next to do
- You will never be at your wit’s end
- You will know the outcome of your decisions
- Your life will be devoid of errors
- You stop being a victim of circumstances
- No one can deceive you
- You experience peace and joy
The above benefits and more await anyone who will dare to seek God until she can find Him. I have lived long enough to know that the most desirable thing in life is to hear God’s voice. Hearing His voice has saved me and my family from untimely death on two occasions. I have taken a couple of knee-weakening decisions because I heard God’s voice and I’ve never been disappointed. I invite you to this incredible life.