GREAT LENT: DAY 22
“O great and mighty God whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed; whose eyes are open to all the ways of mortals, rewarding all according to their ways and according to the fruit of their doings.” Jeremiah 32:18-19
Many of us may contemplate on how our achievements and efforts might never been known in history, nor would they be published on the front page of a newspaper. We may fall into a cycle of believing all that we do is insignificant and unnoticeable. And perhaps, very few may come to see the value in our work. Along the same lines, we come to think that our errors and wrongdoings will remain a secret, and other people will never know about them.
However, in our study of today’s passage. The Bible corrects this misconception in us. It teaches that our Lord God is the one Who observes and knows all things. Prophet Jeremiah writes, “O great and mighty God whose name is the Lord of hosts, great in counsel and mighty in deed; whose eyes are open to all the ways of mortals, rewarding all according to their ways and according to the fruit of their doings.” (Jeremiah 32:18-19)
Certainly, not one thing goes unnoticed or remains unmarked by our Creator God. Even if other human beings may not see nor give value to our ideas and works, God observes and knows them all. Further, although He is all-knowing and seer of all things, God does not merely assume this role. He rewards each and everyone according to their behavior and work. When a person does good works, God richly rewards them, accordingly. However, when a person practices evil deeds, God allows for the person to experience the consequences of such decisions and actions.
Therefore, we ought to always remember that God observes all things, even the hidden thoughts and the deepest desires of our hearts and that He will reward us according to our work, even the ones which other people do not see and value. Our Lord Jesus says, “[A]nd whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
May this knowledge of God’s rewards and His payments awaken those who are walking in the ways of sin. At the same time, those who feel that their work and efforts have gone unnoticed by other people, may their hearts be comforted by our Lord’s words. Our Lord Jesus Christ promises: “See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work.” (Revelation 22:12)