Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently (some translations: earnestly) seek Him.”
Let’s take a look at a few words in this verse.
• Rewarder: One who rewards, one that requites (to return an equivalent in good; to reward) or recompenses (to compensate; to make return of an equivalent for anything given, done, or suffered)
• Reward: to give in return; either good or evil.
• Diligently: With steady application and care; with industry or assiduity (attention; attentiveness); not carelessly; not negligently.
• Earnestly: Warmly; zealously; importunately; eagerly; with real desire.
The author of Hebrews begins with our faith. That is the first choice to please God. We must first believe that God exists to even start the process of a relationship with Him. Once a relationship with the Creator begins; hopefully, pleasing Him becomes the object of our heart/spirit.
Notice the words “diligently” and “earnestly”. There is such an effort behind these words. We notice words like “steady application and care”, “attention” and “attentiveness”, “not carelessly” and “not negligently”. Not only is there effort but a way that shows us taking time, being very thoughtful, and being purposeful.
We need to ask ourselves what seeking Him diligently looks like. Do we show others our zeal? Do we make it important? Do we do it with real desire? What does our attitude look like? How do we who are parents teach our children what seeking Him looks like? Do we take notice of other’s spirits/hearts around us? Do we ask Him what He is trying to show us through everyday incidents? Or do we pass right by them without diligently and earnestly investigating? Do we read scripture; paying attention to the heart of God; or do we devour each verse trying to gain an understanding of God?
Once we get a real handle on this type of seeking; we can see how God is the Rewarder. The word “equivalent” really stood out to me. He returns to us the equivalent of what we give to Him. I get this picture of Him watching us as He sets before us little nuggets for us to pursue, anticipating as He observes; because He knows the great gifts He has to give us. It is our choice for how we see those nuggets. We can be irritated, avoid them, kick them out of the way or even miss them all together; or, we can reach down, pick them up and begin to search and desire to know what He is teaching us. Oh that we would seek Him with a real desire so that He can reward us greatly! What great value this gives to our everyday living.