I was so blessed after reading this devotion today that I thought of posting it here so I could also share it with you. This has somehow confirmed what God has already pressed upon my heart recently as He keeps telling me something about “rewards”. I know it has been a tough 2016 for me, since I started off the year with a brokenheart and carried on battling with depression up to almost more than half of the year. So, it was really a difficult year for me overall. These devotions I read everyday on top of my daily bible reading, blogging/ journaling my struggles and revelations were the things that have kept me going – more like formed my faith muscles. So I am really excited to hear this confirmation from God, although to be honest – at this point in my spiritual journey I have already learned this one important thing from God – and it’s the exact same assurance that God gave to Abraham in Genesis 15:1, when God spoke to Abraham (who was called Abram then) through a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward. ”
I am most grateful to God for teaching me and proving this to me as I learned to be content and satisfied in Him. I have learned that I got everything I ever wanted when I have Him. Truly, He is my everlasting love and joy – my very great reward. Everything else that comes along is icing on the cake. 🙂
I am welcoming 2017 with joyful expectations – less of me but more of Him.
God bless and enjoy reading this devotional.
– Devotional credits from Daughters of the King posted on 1st January 2017:
The Year of Reward has begun!
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” Psalms 37:4, NKJV.
Before the year ended God had already begun by blessing our family with something we had been waiting for. It was like a package that just showed up at our door. It was as if we just ran into God’s blessing and there was no work involved in receiving it. This is a year of reward, and God is already bringing to pass the desires of our heart.
Know that there are so many blessings ahead. So much abundance ahead. God is getting ready to do exceeding abundantly above all that you can ask or think, and it will all come without struggle or strain. You will effortlessly receive it and you will know that it’s from the Lord. For some of you, before the month is out you will see God bless you in many different ways. You will see favor on every way. Desires coming to pass. Grace to do what you never thought you could do. Doors the size of a garage are opening for you. Multiple streams of blessings all pointing to you.
“So don’t worry, says the Lord. Don’t worry at all. I’ve got in all under control. I’ve got in all in My hands. You just continue to seek Me. Continue to hunger and thirst after My righteousness and you will surely be filled. Filled to the overflow. Yes, for there is an outpouring. You’ll know it’s yours when it shows up. You will say, this is my reward from the Lord.”
Prayer: Hallelujah, Lord! Thank You for speaking directly to me. I worship You and I praise You for Your rewards. I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving. Be glorified in my life and help me not to worry at how You will do it. My trust is in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Scripture Reference:
(Read Matthew 5:6; Hebrews 11:6)
“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 NLT
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NLT