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By the grace of God, Hannah, my daughter, does her best to obey and do the things that I’m teaching her, things that bring pleasure to the Lord. Everyday, she diligently shows up for our Bible Study, after studying her lessons and doing her homework. She actively participates in the discussions and asks questions. She sings praises to the Lord during her prayer time, memorizes Bible verses and the good thing, really, is that, she’s loving doing all these responsibilities.
She’s making my heart glad by her humble obedience, and because of that, I want to reward her of her efforts. I want to show her that I appreciate what she’s doing, and as a token, I want to give her a reward that would make her happy and be more motivated to pursue this “growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ”.
I am reminded by this passage in the Bible:
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (Mat. 7: 11)
I got to thinking that, if I, as a mother, am pleased with the obedience of my child that I delight to reward her, how much more our heavenly Father, who alone is good, the author of love and who is love Himself, and is the giver of every good and perfect gift? That is, if we only strive to know Him more and His will for us, and diligently obey all His commands. If we only persevere to seek His face – His kingdom and His righteousness – and don’t grow faint in our faith?
In Deuteronomy 5: 10, the Lord says that He shows mercy to thousands, to those who love Him and keep His commandments. The Father is not stingy in giving. He is the God that blesses, who daily loads us with benefits, who satisfies our mouth with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. He opens His hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing. He doesn’t just bless, He pours out His blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them!
He loads [brims, heaps, packs, stuffs] His benefits upon us, and how can one now say He is stingy, that He withholds what’s good for us? Nay, but we do err, for what does the Bible say?
…no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84: 11)
If we haven’t been receiving the good things that we have been asking from the Father, we may examine ourselves and ask, “Have I been completely obedient to His will? Have I proven to Him my steadfast faith, expressing it through my fervent love for Him? Do I delight in Him far more than in the things in my life?”
In seeking God’s blessings, fervent love, steadfast faith, complete obedience, and DILIGENCE are the keys.
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 seek him. (Heb. 11: 6, emphasis added)
It is good to be always reminded by the Word so that our hearts will not be deceived in believing that it is so hard to ask blessings from the Lord, but that we will continue to trust relentlessly that He will answer our earnest prayers. Maybe it’s good for us to take some time to behold the children, our children, and remember that whosoever shall humble herself like the little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Footnotes: Psalm 68: 19; Psalm 103: 5; Psalm 145: 16; Mal. 3: 10; Matthew 18: 4
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