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.” (NKJV)
“He who comes to God must believe that he is…”
We must believe first, “that he is” – not just that he exists, but that he is who he says he is.
We get to know his character by studying his word. And we find the comfort we are seeking in these questions we hold, ultimately, by rehearsing the truth of who he is to ourselves. Sometimes, this part seems simple, but in our everyday moments, and our times of worry and crisis, it’s vital that we ask ourselves – how has he been faithful?
“And that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”
If we want to come to God, the writer of Hebrews tells us, we must believe that he is a rewarder. Sometimes it’s tempting to stop there, and dwell on this part of his character, but we miss the crucial point of this sentence.
He rewards those who diligently seek him. Instead of just giving us whatever we are looking for, God promises here without reservation, that he will reward us with himself as we put effort into searching for him.
If you’re facing circumstances that seem to prevent you from coming to the word as often as you want to, or studying it as deeply as you long to, remember Jesus’ promise in John 6:37, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.”
Jesus’ call to come to him is for us in every season of our lives. We experience renewal and refreshment in his word, and he is faithful to reward us as we seek true life in him.
He is a rewarder. He is the reward.