We sometimes hear of someone who has good intentions but never seems to be able to get anywhere. They don’t seem to be able to get what they need to make something good happen-funding goes to someone else; they don’t seem to know the right people. It sometimes seems that in our world, those who have pure intentions are often not rewarded but trampled on. And sometimes we are right, but sometimes not.
David thrived in Israel. He believed in the Lord and committed himself, his household and his country to God. And he was rewarded for his devotion, becoming king over a great land. God saw his devotion and rewarded both him and his country with wealth and power. While we might not become a king of Israel, we, too, find rewards in our belief. God sees what we do, how we try to fulfil God’s will in our world. We may not receive great wealth, but the gratefulness of a friend you have helped, the smile of a child you have comforted, or the joy of a lonely person you have visited, these are riches indeed.
Rewarding God, help us to do your will and be your hands in the world. Let us be shaped by your love. Amen. — ERP