Is Faithfulness Worth It?
“God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams of every kind […] In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and mediums in his entire kingdom.” (Daniel 1:17, 20 CSB)
At some point in your journey of following Jesus, you may find yourself asking the question: why am I doing this? Why spend the effort day after day seeking God? Why pursue His kingdom mission ahead of my own interests? Why seek to live a life without compromise in a world that seems to be heading in the opposite direction? Is it really worth it?
The answer of course is a resounding yes! The author of Hebrews reminds us that God, “rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). The Psalmist wrote that, “those who seek the Lord will not lack any good thing” (Psalm 34:10). Over and over, the Scriptures speak of God’s promise to pour out His blessing and favour upon those who seek Him and trust in Him.
This was definitely Daniel’s experience. As he walked out his faith in the midst of his captivity in Babylon, he made some difficult choices and took some big risks. Defying the king’s orders on food and drink could have easily cost him his life. But Daniel stood firm, trusting that God would honour and bless him for his faithful obedience. Ten days later, when Daniel and the young men were examined by the guard, “they looked better and healthier than all the young men who were eating the king’s food” (v.15). Furthermore, “God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding” (v.17), “no one was found equal” (v.19), and “in every matter of wisdom and understanding that they king consulted them about, he found them ten times better” (v.20). Clearly God’s hand of favour was on Daniel and his friends as they trusted in God and sought to honour Him. He blessed them for their faithfulness.
One of the things that can help us stand firm and to persevere in our faith, especially in seasons of difficulty or trial, is remembering the future reward that awaits us from God. Paul writes, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). God sees every step of obedience, every sacrifice, every act of faith. And He promises to bless us as a result.
Ultimately, our reward is not found on this side of eternity. We will fully experience it when we stand in God’s presence and see Jesus face to face. And on that day, it will indeed be worth it all!
*Originally posted on www.kingdomdrivendaily.com. Used with permission.