Belated Rewards

Belated Rewards

Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.
Habakkuk 2:3

One day in 1977, Ken Littleboy saw a head bobbing up and down in the adjacent canal. Leaping over a couple of fences, he jumped into the water. A three-year-old had fallen in while feeding swans. “I thought he was a goner,” said Ken, who pulled him from the canal and turned him over. “Water came out of the child’s mouth, and he started breathing.” Decades passed, and recently Ken received a thank-you card. It was from Peter King, now forty, who explained that he had been mistakenly told years ago that his rescuer had died. Discovering Littleboy was still alive, King wasted no time penning what he called a “very long overdue thank you.”

Just as it’s never too late to thank someone who helped you, in the same way God’s affirmation sometimes takes a while to reach us. Sometimes we have to wait on Him to reward our efforts. Think of Joseph’s long wait in prison, prior to the throne. Think of Abraham’s long wait for a son, prior to Isaac’s birth.

Though it may seem overdue, righteousness is always rewarded. Don’t be impatient with God. He’ll never forget to reward your efforts for Him.

“The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

(DJS)

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