“God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints.” Heb vi, 10.
It is not uncommon for God’s people to forget God’s divine attributes of love and faithfulness when they traverse difficult stretches in life. When we overlook God’s goodness, we might harbor a secret bitterness towards God. We may not utter it for fear of violating propriety. But somewhere deep in our hearts, we have a complaint against God: “Who cares for me now? Who remembers every good thing I did?”
The Hebrew recipients of the epistle were rich in their “work and love” for Christ. They endured a “hard struggle” to remain in Christ because they were subjected to abuse and persecution. When fellow Jews “plundered their possessions,” they endured it cheerfully. That was a long time before they received this epistle of encouragement. They needed a little reminder about God’s sense of fairness as their love for Christ had grown cold.
We don’t have to remind God about the tokens of our love towards Him. It’s all recorded in the Divine log book. Our intercession for the saints, every drop of tear that we shed in prayer, each kind word spoken to cheer someone up , even a glass of water that we offer—these and more are before God’s eyes. He doesn’t forgot our sacrificial gifts or the time we spend gladly to help others, often at the expense of our own work or family. God knows how we persist in good works even when our loved ones discourage us.
You might protest saying, “I did not expect a reward for any of my kind gestures. It was out of a genuine concern and love and a sense of obligation that I did all these.” God doesn’t question your motive in this matter. Just as you excelled in good works in your sincerity, God has to be true to His divine nature. “God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed.” At a time when you feel let down by people, it is good to know that God hasn’t let you down. He remembers. His royal generosity will find you when you need it the most.