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He Rewards Those Who Seek Him

“Now without faith, it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:6 is in many senses a great summary of this entire chapter. A chapter that revolves around faith and men and women who walked with God through faith and experienced the reward of faith. That’s what I love about Hebrews 11:6. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. If we want to please God, that means we must trust God. We must follow God with faith in him. Since the one who draws near to God must believe that he exists, that’s obvious.

Hebrews 11:6 Reminds Us to Seek God

The God who rules and reigns over all is the One who rewards those who seek Him. Let us long to seek God and find our reward in Him.

In order to please God, we must believe that God exists. But even the obvious there, oh, we’ve got to be careful that we are constantly reminded by this reality. When we pray, we’re not just saying some words into thin air. We’re speaking to a God who exists. A God who hears us. A God who is working in response to what we’re saying. So don’t just jump over this phrase must believe that he exists. We need to be reminded all the time he really exists. We’re talking about him right now and we’re about to talk to him in a moment. He is going to hear us.

Hebrews 11:6 Reminds Us God Rewards Those Who Seek Him

And not only does he exist, but the end of Hebrews 11:6, the best part, he rewards those who seek him. Ah, I want to be a man who seeks God. And I want to pray that that would be the commentary not just for my life, but your life. That you are a man, a woman, a student, child who seeks God, and in seeking him, finds reward in him. Oh, God, may it be so in my life. May it be so in the lives of those are listening right now.

We believe you exist. We believe that you not only exist, but you’re listening to us right now, that you’re hearing us as we speak, as we call out to you. Oh, God, we humble ourselves. The more we think about this, this is so humbling that you are listening to us right now. God, I’m just awed in a fresh way by this reality, not just talking, like doing a podcast.

This Verse Leads Us to Pray For Help Seeking God

You’re listening right now to me, to us, as we pray. You not only exist, but you reward us when we seek you. Oh, God, help us to seek you. In Jeremiah 29, God, help us to seek you with all our hearts. Help us to seek you more than anyone else, more than anything else in this world. God, we pray that you would make us a people who seek you day and night and all day long, and really seeking you.

And God, we trust that when we do, we will find reward in you. Not even meaning and gifts from your hand, but actually you. You are our reward. Knowledge of you, relationship with you, love for you, this is what we want in our lives. This is reward in our lives. Help us to live for it. Help us to live for real reward, not the fake superficial empty rewards of this world. Oh, God, make us a people of faith who please you, who believe that you exist, and who find reward in seeking you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Bible References

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.

29 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

(After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)

By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.

And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the Lord.

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

15 Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon;

16 Know that thus saith the Lord of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:

19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.

20 Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;

22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;

23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.

24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,

26 The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.

27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?

28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.

30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,

31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the Lord; because he hath taught rebellion against the Lord.

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