Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently (some translations: earnestly) seek Him.”
Let’s take a look at a few words in this verse.
• Rewarder: One who rewards, one that requites (to return an equivalent in good; to reward) or recompenses (to compensate; to make return of an equivalent for anything given, done, or suffered)
• Reward: to give in return; either good or evil.
• Diligently: With steady application and care; with industry or assiduity (attention; attentiveness); not carelessly; not negligently.
• Earnestly: Warmly; zealously; importunately; eagerly; with real desire.
The author of Hebrews begins with our faith. That is the first choice to please God. We must first believe that God exists to even start the process of a relationship with Him. Once a relationship with the Creator begins; hopefully, pleasing Him becomes the object of our heart/spirit.
Notice the words “diligently” and “earnestly”. There is such an effort behind these words. We notice words like “steady application and care”, “attention” and “attentiveness”, “not carelessly” and “not negligently”. Not only is there effort but a way that shows us taking time, being very thoughtful, and being purposeful.
We need to ask ourselves what seeking Him diligently looks like. Do we show others our zeal? Do we make it important? Do we do it with real desire? What does our attitude look like? How do we who are parents teach our children what seeking Him looks like? Do we take notice of other’s spirits/hearts around us? Do we ask Him what He is trying to show us through everyday incidents? Or do we pass right by them without diligently and earnestly investigating? Do we read scripture; paying attention to the heart of God; or do we devour each verse trying to gain an understanding of God?