DAY 8: The Reward of Diligence

Scripture: 

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.                                     - Hebrews 11:5-6 (NIV) 

 

Observation: 

In 2014 we lost everything in a house fire. Yet, as we sought the Lord and brought this tragedy before Him, we saw first-hand how faithful and true the Lord is. Keeping ourselves in the place of seeking and not reacting to the crazy circumstances that were breaking out around us, was our biggest test of all -  this was the point where diligence came in. Enoch had an awareness that he was drawing near to the real and living God which led to a profound encounter with Him and for this reason, was well-pleasing to God. One must believe “that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  This is the relational aspect.  A transaction takes place between God and those who diligently seek Him. The “rewarder” is defined as the paymaster who pays out the exact wage.  The “wage” is a share in nothing less than God Himself.  Enoch, then, is characterized as one who firmly relied upon God and found in Him the source of His deepest satisfaction. To “diligently seek Him” is to have singular devotion, to seek after with determination, to pursue God with intensity.

 

Application: 

Question: What promise has been held back that is still to be released in your life?

 

Challenge: Through this time of fasting and journaling, write out the promise or reward you are seeking and believing for.

 

Prayer: 

Father, be the supreme desire of my heart. I will keep the fire burning in heart as I fast and pray. I will, by your grace, continue to complete this prayer and fasting time with my church this January. I am looking for the reward, to see all You have for me and for my church as a result. Amen

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