Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sorry God, I'm just too busy for You (is what we are implying)

Hebrews 11:6
“He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

I woke up the other morning…still groggy, and a verse out of nowhere just popped into my head:

“He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

What??  Where'd THAT come from?! It was strange, I literally was just waking up so I’m not even sure what prompted the thought.  (especially before my cup of coffee)  I mean it would make more sense after hearing a Sunday sermon.  I don’t even remember the last time I’ve even read that verse OR heard it mentioned. 

Then this morning I opened up my devotional and there it was again:

“He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

So I camped out on the verse for a while thinking about it.
It kinda seemed selfish to want to be rewarded for spending time with Him, as if I’m looking for a handout.  A payment for services rendered.  Or maybe having an ulterior motive for wanting to ‘do my time’ as if it were a duty... and expecting to be compensated in return for my grand efforts.

But then I thought of the benefits I just naturally receive by spending time in His Word.

I get that ‘peace that surpasses all understanding’. (Boy is that needed when life throws you a curve ball.)

I get verses that I can recollect in my mind because I’ve gone over and over them time and again.  

I get reminded of all that He went through: 

Betrayed by some of those closest to Him.
Accused of things not even true.

(to name just a few...not to mention crucified.)

Then I think of whatever I may be facing or have to face in the future and I’m comforted knowing all that He has endured. I can face whatever comes my way, by His strength that He has imparted to me.

Those are pretty amazing ‘rewards’ I’d say!

I looked up Diligent: 

-constant in effort to accomplish something;
-attentive and persistent in doing anything;
-done or pursued with persevering attention;

Then I asked myself…”Am I constantly, attentively, persistently pursuing with persevering attention and painstakingly seeking God?”

“Or no???”

Those ‘rewards’ He is talking about don’t come by accident…if I just ‘casually’ check in with Him on Sunday morning. Not by a half-hearted, check off the ‘To Do List’ bible reading. It takes a lot of intentional pursuing…some down-right ‘diligent’ seeking! A passionate pursuit.

There are NOT a lot of things we can hold on to that are…

steady and sure,
reliable always,
and very consistent. 

But His Word is! 

Talkin’ about the greatest stabilizer!  When life has you spinning out of control, His assurances are sometimes the ONLY thing holding you together. That’s definitely a reward worth pursuing, because we are gonna need it
if not now, soon.

What is one activity you could give up, to make time this week to ‘diligently’ seek Him?   (Maybe giving up 'sleeping in'??  Uhhhh, or not ;)

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