One of the most familiar verses in the New Testament is found in the book of Hebrews:
For without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to Him must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.
Not only must we believe that He exists; to draw near to God, we must believe that He is a “rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.” That is, if we are contemplating some god who does not reward, we have the wrong god. The God of the Bible, the God revealed in Jesus Christ, is a rewarder. We must take notice – cognizance – of this aspect of His being. We should contemplate a reward and expect a reward. To ignore His rewards and the prospect of such rewards– to not anticipate them – is to diminish our relationship with Him. This is who He is. He is a rewarder.
God does not merely tolerate us, He loves us. More than we imagine. His rewards are greater than we hope for and yet, and yet, it seems that we might miss them if we don’t anticipate them, if we have no faith that they are coming. We might walk right past them and never pick them up. Our lives, in such cases, will be less than they should be and less than God wants them to be.