The Goodness of God
Hebrews 11:6; Mark 10:29
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Rewarder - one who pays wages misthos, wages, apo, back, didomi, to give, is used by metonymy in Heb. 11:6, of God, as the Rewarder of those who seek after Him.
Ask any Christian if they believe that God is good and they would certainly say, well of course. But believing that He is good is not the only requirement in pleasing Him. The Word we just read goes on to say, we must also believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. This sounds like an admonishment to me. So many Christians don't believe He is a rewarder in the here and now, it's always in the future, or when they get to Heaven. When we understand what the Word of God has to say about this, we will come to the place where we can believe that He is a rewarder here and now.
Pleasing Him requires that we believe not only in Him, but also in His willingness to reward those who seek after Him or as the Amplified Bible says, those who seek Him out.
A great many Christians don't believe God is a rewarder here and now. Yes, they believe their sins are forgiven and they are going to Heaven, but that is about as far as it goes in many cases. Christians will often say that God is certainly able to help them, but when it comes down to it, they don't believe He is willing to show His goodness towards them personally. Often times they are willing to say He blesses others, but have a hard time believing He is actually willing to bless them. God is absolutely consistent in not only His ability to bless, but in His willingness to bless. He is no respecter of persons. What ever He is willing to do for me, He is just as willing to do for you and visa versa. Aren't you glad?
Jesus said In Marks Gospel --
Mark 10:29 So Jesus answered and said, Assuredly, ...
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