The Reward

Better little with righteousness

It’s better to be hungry and yet full of righteousness than to be full on food yet completely devoid of righteousness. It is written, “for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (Psalm 1:6).

Yet righteousness only comes by faith (Romans 1:17). So faith is needed, and it is described below in Hebrews 11, with this example of the faith of Moses.

By faith, seeking a reward

Moses wasn’t what we might call a man of the moment, because he didn’t care about temporal pleasure. He thought big! Like, eternity big. Far beyond this life there would be a reward. He thought about a reward that was to come from this life’s labours.

Knowing God
The reward Moses sought, and the one we can seek, is knowing God. In fact, although we might like a great many things, there is a beautiful reward from knowing the One who made all good things. So let’s enjoy Him, our God who gives all things.

Let’s shift from our fascination with the gift, to enjoy the Giver of good. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James).

In fact Jesus clarifies. “And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5)

In the beatitudes (Matt5:6), Jesus said blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

God is our righteousness (1 Corinthians 5:21). By faith in Him, we are blessed with His righteousness. The reward is knowing God.


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