Does the servant get special thanks for doing what’s expected of him? It’s the same with you. When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, ‘The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.’ Luke 17:9-10
God rewards the person who is diligent. And for those who will take time in their day to seek the Lord, for those who will take time to read His word, for those who will take time to wait upon Him, He will reveal His truths to them.
Life is tough! Life is a battlefield, Life is a test… Life is hard. I know people in the faith who have been diagnosed with terminal diseases; people who’ve been raped or molested by their own parents or family, while serving God; others losing their children to the system or to death itself; even those battling illnesses, and I know people who have seen other Christians cheat, lie and even steal and shame God’s name. This happens to people without God too, The bible says ‘the rain falls on both the just and the unjust’; meaning LIFE HAPPENS!! We can only be one of 2 types of believers, a mature believers or a childish ones.
Childish believer: The immature believer experiences apathy, mistrust, depression and anger. We find ourselves blaming God, and even disrespecting God telling Him we regret serving, or rejecting God and returning to our sinful lifestyles. Slowly but surely, giving up hope and neglecting responsibilities resulting in spiritual dry spells and departure from the faith.
Mature believer: Those who are mature in the faith, love God despite the reality of life, persecution and affliction. And they express it in a different way, than the immature believer: they humble themselves before God. Sometimes things get so bad, that there are no words to express our emotional, physical or mental states. But those who humble themselves to come to God, are re-energized by God’s anointing and given the help they need.
GOD is pleased by our faith in HIM;
and He rewards those which diligently seek him.
We will either be people who behave like children or like mature adults: we cannot be both (at least we should try). If we are not disciplined, we handle life very poorly. Does life get better when we act like a child? Does sucking our teeth, rolling our eyes, stomping our feet or complaining bring solutions? Does expressing bitterness, like ‘God, why me? It’s not fair!’- take us to a new level of maturity? Is it acceptable to have tantrums like children? No, no, no, not at all!
Lord Jesus, be exalted in our lives. I present us all to you, may you restore, replenish and invigorate us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We may not understand all that you allow in our lives, but I declare we trust you! I know you will make a way when there seems to be no way, you will make crooked things straight, and I know you will open doors which are specifically for us, and that you will close those which are not. I pray for everyone who is going through the rain pour- may their faith be an umbrella, and may they learn to swim and go with the flow when it gets overwhelming, may they see your powerful hand by faith. In Jesus name, Amen.