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Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6 WEB

God rewards those that diligently seek Him. The writer of Hebrews wrote these words and then spoke of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Moses, Joseph and many more. These were people of faith, and the blessing of God followed them. They each suffered many trials and faced fearful circumstances, but they all overcame because God rewards those who seek Him.

The good seeds that you plant will always come up. We are living today what we planted years before, both the good seed, and the bad. Paul wrote, "Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap." (Galatians 6:7). There is always a harvest.

In my own life, I spent years seriously seeking God, attending Bible College, studying and listening to the Bible 24/7, fasting for weeks, and giving all that I had. I was very zealous and Jesus was my passion. Then suddenly in one year's time, my business burned to the ground during an insurance lapse, my Dad passed away, and I went through a long, messy divorce. Much like Job, the life I had known disintegrated.

I had to start my life over with nothing at thirty-seven with my Dad gone, my business gone, and divorced. Worn out, depressed and tired, I quit going to church and for the first time in my life, stopped praying at all. But the blessing of God continued on my life. The seeds that I had planted long ago, were still coming up. I could share testimony after testimony where a total mess, turned out to be a great blessing in disguise, but I will just share one.

The day came when I needed a truck to haul things in. I had recently met Sylvia and she had a '96 Chevrolet Impala, white with a red pin stripe, tinted windows, 5.7L V8, 700R4 Transmission, 373 Rear end, Dual exhaust. I am sorry to bore you with all the drive train details, but:

1) For a season in my life, I was a mechanic.

2) I want you to know how detailed God is in His blessings.

3) I did not pray over any of this, or at all during this time and I had not attended church in several years.

I thought to myself that it would be great to have a matching car and truck under the carport one day, a his and hers. I daydreamed that it would be nice if the truck was a short wheel base with an extended cab, had an aluminum toolbox, rails, a bed liner, and a frame hitch to pull heavy things with, and I had about 6k to spend on it. In short, that would take a miracle, but a man can dream. All of these were just desires and I was prepared to take whatever I could get.

The first car lot that I went to had a gray Chevy pickup about that year, without the extended cab. It was pretty plain and they were asking 11k for it, way out of my range. It looked like I would have to lower my expectations by a good bit.

The next lot that I went to, there sat a '97 Chevy Silverado fully loaded with the gauge package, electric seats, windows, and doors, extended cab, short wheel base, white with a red pinstripe, tinted windows, 5.7L Vortec, 700R4 Transmission, 373 Rear end, dual exhaust, aluminum toolbox, chrome rails, bed liner, and frame hitch with towing package. They were asking $6,900. I offered them $5,900 but they refused, then I left them my number in case they changed their mind. They called me the following morning and accepted my offer.

As I write this, that truck sits under our carport. We have had it over a decade now and He blessed me with it even when I was not seeking Him. The good seeds that you have planted will continue to come up in your life. Also when God blesses you, He is able to go above and beyond your wildest expectations. He does reward those that diligently seek Him.

You may face trials in your life, but it will pass, and you will overcome. Stay the course, keep the faith. When you fall down, get back up and take another step, it is not over yet. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep sowing those good seeds. What you have lost, can be replaced with better, and your best days are still in front of you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being with me this day. Lord help me to see through Your eyes. Give me grace, help me make the right decisions, fill my life with Your presence. Today I seek Your face, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Read more at: www.refreshinghope.org