Everyone like to earn rewards. Rewards are basically the pay you get for accomplishing a job. For example you go to work everyday and the money the company pay you as salary is a reward to the work you do there. Again there are certain rewards which can be earned as bonuses like winning first place in competitions, help police in catching a criminal, informing authorities and avoiding big accidents etc. sometimes we won’t be rewarded anything in money for the favour we do to others but a word of appreciation from them is a reward for your good work you done. Sometimes it so happens nobody see any good work you do and go unrewarded but a small mistake you commit everyone will see and accuse you. That’s terrible. But don’t worry your reward will never go in vain.
In Proverbs we see a verse-‘For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.’ (Proverbs 23:18 AMP). This verse clearly tells us not to worry if people don’t recognise and reward for your good work now for a day will come when you will be rewarded and your expectation won’t be chased away.
In the book of Esther we see an incident happened in Mordecai’s life. He was a faithful man and he was the gate keeper at the King Xerxes. One day while he was watching the gates he came to know a plot made by two of King’s chamberlains to assassinate King Xerxes. He secretly informed Queen Esther and she informed King on Mordecai’s account. When the King investigated the matter it was found true and they were impaled on poles. Thus Mordecai saved the King’s life and it was recorded in the book of annals in the prescience of king.
‘During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai. And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.’ (Esther 2:21-23 NIV)
But even though Mordecai saved King from assassination, the king didn’t reward anything to Mordecai. If this happen to you what will be your state? You would be expecting to be rewarded by getting a raise in salary and a promotion in your position. But what will be your state when you are not rewarded anything? Wouldn’t you be disappointed? Will you be able to give yourself fully committed as before? Naturally no, but Mordecai he did neither go complaining about not getting any reward nor did he show any lack of commitment to his job. This is a very good example set to us. Even when things go wrong at work and your efforts go unrecognised do not go complaining about it to others and show less commitment to your job but even it’s hard please be in a good state and continue to work with full commitment.
For you know the rest of the things a man named Haman who was considered very respectable next to King had grudge on Mordecai for Mordecai didn’t bow before him as Mordecai was a Jew. Haman became angry on it but decided to take revenge by not just killing Mordecai but the entire Jewish tribe! He made king to declare orders for it. Mordecai and all Jews were in deep trouble. Haman was very happy that the king was pleased in him and issued the order. That night he build a pole of 50 cubits height and placed by his house to hang Mordecai and waited for the next day to get permission from king to hang Mordecai.
But what happened that night in palace was strange! The king didn’t get any sleep that night. King ordered to bring the Book of annals and made the servants to read it. In other words God didn’t give sleep to the king and made him to read the book of annals that night. Then he came to read the part where Mordecai saved king. The king asked his servants what honour and dignity was rewarded to Mordecai for this and his servants replied none. The king asked who’s in the court and Haman was waiting in the court to ask permission to kill Mordecai, the King asked Haman to come and before Haman could ask anything King asked what all needed to be done for a man to whom King delights to honour? Haman thought who else will the king want to honour other than him and he give an account on what preparations needed to be done. The king asked him to do all those things to Mordecai the Jew who is at the gate and Haman had to obey King’s command and Haman shouted before Mordecai saying this is what is done for a man king delights to honour!
When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’ ” “Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.” So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” (Esther 6:6-11 NIV)
Se what a great reward! Haman had come to ask permission of king to kill Mordecai but God made the King loose his sleep and make the same crooked Haman to honour Mordecai! What a great honour and privilege! See at times people don’t recognise the good work you do and often go unrewarded. But see as what it happened to Mordecai God is able to make some people to loose their sleep to remind the good deeds you did and went unrewarded! God in the right time will reward you with much greater things than what you expected. Therefore when you go unrewarded don’t get upset and be dismayed for God is a God who said ‘For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.’ (Proverbs 23:18 AMP). Things you thought you will never get back will be rewarded back to you back with much greater things than you expected. Later in the book of Ester we see Haman and his 10 sons were hung on the same pole what Haman made for Mordecai and Mordecai was lifted from gate keeper to Haman’s place with all honours!
Therefore do not get troubled or dismayed when your works go unrewarded for God who sees everything will lift you up with his mighty hands in the apt time and will reward you better than what you were expecting. He will never allow your work to go in vain.
‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
Also remember God sees everything you do and will reward according to the work of your hands. If you do good you will be rewarded good and if you do bad you will be rewarded bad. ‘In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”’ (1 Peter 5:5 NIV). We all know Jacob mentioned in Genesis. He deceived his elder brother Esau twice once by taking the birthright of Esau for food and by disguising before his father Issac as Esau and getting all the blessings up on Jacob rather to Esau (Genesis 25 & 27 chapters). But when he reached his mother’s brother Laban, we see Laban was more crooked than Jacob and he made him stay with him for twenty years and when Jacob deceived Esau twice, Laban took away Jacob’s reward ten times!
“You know that I’ve worked for your father with all my strength, yet your father has cheated me by changing my wages ten times. However, God has not allowed him to harm me.” (Genesis 31:6-7 NIV)
Therefore be careful not to deceive anyone as anyone who deceives anyone will also be deceived. But however we see Jacob repented and came back and God blessed him abundantly in his later days. Therefore let’s turn away from all bad ways and turn to good ways and do good. For God is our reward!
‘For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.’ (2 Corinthians 5:10 NIV)
‘The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked. Then people will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.” (Psalm 58:10-11 NIV)
‘God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”’ (Romans 2:6 NIV)
‘God rewards those who earnestly seek him.’ (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)