Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“And the woman said, ‘The word of my lord the king will now give me rest and security, for as an angel of God is my lord the king to hear and discern good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you’…Then the king said to Joab, ‘Behold now, I grant this; go, bring back the young man Absalom.’”
II Samuel 14: 17, 21
“A Woman’s Wisdom” Part 8
“A Wise Woman’s Reward”
“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.”
Augustine of Hippo
If God said to me, “I want to bestow upon you a reward,” what reward would I ask for?
REWARD: To gratify or satisfy with something for special service. To recompense.
“When God crowns our merits, it is nothing other than His own gifts that He crowns.”
Augustine of Hippo
“After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”
Genesis 15: 1
King James Version
In the Bible, Abraham was called “the father of a great nation.” He was a man, called by God, to move to a country he did not know. Following God’s direction, Abraham uprooted his family, and in obedience to God, was led to the land of promise where his family multiplied as the sands of the sea.
When Abraham made the choice to follow God and to place his life, and the lives of all his family members under God’s care and keeping, God told him that certain things would happen.
God promised Abraham that He would become a shield of protection to him. What a wonderful way to build confidence in Abraham. Wouldn’t you love for God to come to you and personally tell you that He was your shield – that plate of brass that completely covered your vital organs like your heart and lungs? Well, never forget, God has given the same promise to you and me that He gave to Abraham. He is our protector, too!
But God didn’t just stop by informing Abraham that He was his protector. God continued by telling Abraham that He was also his reward. In the Hebrew, the word “reward” means, “I am your compensation, your payment, your benefit.” It was as though God was saying, “For all you do for Me Abraham, I am the benefit you will reap. Having My presence in your life is ‘payment in full.’” In the New Testament, the Greek translation of the word “reward” has an even broader meaning, for the one who gives a reward is called the, “remunerator.” God was Abraham’s remuneration and also his remunerator. God, in other words, not only gives us “payment in full,” He also is our “payment in full.” This is why the Bible tells us our Father is all sufficient – capable of giving us all and being all we need.
I wanted to take a few moments to share this Biblical information with you because it is totally applicable to our story of the wise woman of Tekoah. In II Samuel 14: 17, we are told that the king gave this lady rest and security – what I would call an extremely successful conclusion to her endeavors. What’s more, in II Samuel 14: 21, we find that Joab was able to accomplish his purpose too by bringing home Absalom, the estranged son of David.
The reward in this parable was a mission successfully completed. The wise woman of Tekoah, in the parable, received the “reward” she longed for, security and rest, not only for herself, but for her one living son. And Joab brought Absalom home.
Author F. W. Robertson penned these inspiring words regarding the “reward” that awaits each of us, when we choose to live a “wise” life, following our heavenly Father:
“Do right, and God’s recompense to you will be the power of doing more right. Give, and God’s reward to you will be the spirit of giving more; a blessed spirit, for it is the Spirit of God Himself, whose life is the blessedness of giving. Love, and God will pay you with the capacity of more love: for love is Heaven – love is God within you.” As each of us is promised, “I am thy great reward.”
“Lord, be Thy word my rule,
In it may I rejoice;
Thy glory be my aim,
Thy holy will my choice.
Thy promises my hope;
Thy providence my guard;
Thine arm my strong support
Thyself my great reward.”
Recipe For Greatness
“To bear up under loss;
To fight the bitterness of defeat
and the weakness of grief;
To be victor over anger;
To smile when tears are close;
To resist disease and evil men
and base instincts;
To hate hate and love love;
To go on when it would seem good to die;
To look up with unquenchable faith in
something ever more about to be;
That is what any (woman) can do,
and be great.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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