Anchor Passage: Hebrews 11
“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.” Hebrews 11:6.
If we read carefully the anchor passage, we can all agree that there is a reward for those that exercise faith in Christ because verse 2 says “For by it the elders obtained a good report.” According to sixth verse, this reward is only for those that diligently seek Him. So, we can say that the reward of faith is produced out of our diligent walk with God.
Abel was diligent about his offering that is, he diligently sought God by offering unto God a more excellent sacrifice. Enoch was diligent in his walk with God up to the point that he could not see death. Noah diligently followed in details all of the instructions given by God to build an ark that saved him and his family from destruction. Abraham with all diligence obeyed the voice of God to leave his father’s house (a place of comfort) to a place he knew nothing about but later obtain the place as an inheritance for himself and his seeds.
Our diligent walk with God helps us to hear God clearly because God initially told Abraham that in Isaac shall his seed be called but he heard again another voice some months or years later that he should offer the same Isaac as sacrifice. Abraham could have neglected that voice because it was contradicting the initial word of God but he was able to discern and know the voice of God through hid diligent walk with God. Through diligence, we would be able to discern when God speak and if we can hear God clearly, it helps our faith to come alive because faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Our diligent walk with God produces such a drastic faith that eliminate fear in our lives because verse 23 says “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the King’s commandment.” I believe the parents of Moses were diligent in seeking the face of God that they were able to understand the call of God upon the life of Moses, which made them to hide him irrespective of the king’s commandment that is contrary to the will God in the life of the lad. Also, Moses not fearing the wrath of the king, forsook Egypt all because of the precepts he learnt from his nurse (his mother) that he diligently followed.
When you are not diligent in your studies, calling forth A’s is not faith but a magic and our God is not a magician, we serve a God of principle. If you have not diligently discovered the principles of God’s divine provision then applying faith in times of need only leads to frustration. Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:10 says “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.” So, the call of God upon your life can only be made perfect through diligence which makes you to be head and shoulders above contemporaries.
“Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” – Romans 12:11. Not slothful means to be diligent in all we do because without diligence faith is dead, and if our faith be dead, we can’t please God because without faith, no man can please Him. You can’t obtain a good report without faith and you can’t have faith without diligently seeking the face of God daily. Our prayer is that may the Lord release upon us the grace to diligently seek His face daily so we can obtain a good report through faith in Christ Jesus, Amen.