I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11.
We had a programme recently at a local government headquarters. It was a health related outreach of an organization with which I serve. We were amazed on arrival to notice that there was nobody at the offices. Most buildings were overgrown by weeds and deserted.
Who works here? Where are the workers? Are they on strike?
The story is the same for many other places. Yet the sun is getting hotter, the suffering is becoming unbearable. Many are under the sun trying their best to make ends meet. Wages are not enough to meet basic needs yet they are unpaid.
The covenant is the bailout from indolence and working under the sun. When you work, the covenant works with you; responsibility is included. Labour is the act of man, blessing is the act of God. There is no return without turning or working and no reward for disobedience. God is not a taskmaster, he is a rewarder.
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”Revelation 22:12-13.
No one succeeds by chance but by choice; chance is not good enough. It starts with taking responsibility for success or failure. When work is done as commanded, returns are obtained &rewards from God. Work pays wages or salary but the harvest rewards is of God. The returns maybe small, commensurate with the level of work done but rewards are not measured by men but by the covenant. The reward of obedience is in multiples of returns from work done. Returns are quantitative &monetized but money cannot buy rewards. It takes what money cannot buy to become great; durable riches. Working for returns is frustrating, work for rewards; it comes quickly.
Covenant connection grants quick access to greatness under the son. It does not take time; all in one year by the covenant.
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:”Genesis 26:12-13.