God rewards obedience. Of the twelve spies Moses sent into the promised land, Caleb and Joshua were the only two who faithfully and obediently reported that with God's blessing they could acquire their inheritance immediately (Num. 13:30). As a result of their faith, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones out of their entire generation allowed to enter the promised land after the other ten spies instilled unbelief in the Israelites (Num. 14:30). In addition, God gave Caleb and Joshua their top choice of the land for remaining faithful for over 45 years (Joshua 14:6-14). God desires to scandalously reward sacrificial obedience a hundredfold (Matt. 19:29), but rewards are often not Earthly rewards like Caleb's and Joshua's. We must avoid erroneously declaring that The Lord's will is for every man to be healthy, wealthy, and prosperous in this life when oftentimes those rewards are Heavenly rewards where moth and rust do not destroy (Matt. 6:20). However, we will do well to remember that even the smallest act of obedience, such as a cup of cold water in the name of Christ, will be eternally rewarded (Matt. 10:42).
Brett Yardley: Warrior for Christ. Devoted Husband. Proud Father. Martial Artist. Hopeful Philosopher & Theologian. Aspiring Teacher & Writer.