You should know that God rewards the. Righteous for their actions instantly. May those of us who do well and strive be rewarded according to our efforts. But we know that this is not. Always the case because for those for. Whom God has prepared something great, they are the ones to whom he puts the most tests.
Andrea Orquisa was a girl who lived in Colombia android Rios, Argentina, very close to the river which marked the line in front of the border with Uruguay and when she was ten years old. She’D received scholarships for the coming year. To go to a school in Buenos Aires, the capital. Businessmen would pay for the studies, food and lodging for the children with the.
Best grades and she’d been selected. She was in these circumstances when, due. To fate, she lost her father in a motorcycle accident, leaving her with her two brothers and her mother, who survived that accident. But this had happened while both were returning from work, as they were collecting plastics to recycle them. They had recently acquired a motorcycle which.
They had equipped with a small trailer. Where they brought the material they collected. Previously they were doing it in a. Cart that was pulled by a donkey which they’d called Mulatito. But the family had deliberately and reached an agreement that mulatito was a part. Of the family and was very tired. So they made plans to buy the motorcycle and replace Mulchito.
Everyone was happy when it was winter. But summer came and with it came heavy rains. Her father, sometimes when he got home. From work, commented with his mother about. How difficult it was maneuvering the motorcycle in the mud. Perhaps it had been a warning, but. Even so they continued with their plans. And continued with their work until that fatal accident happened.
Her mother had lost one of her legs, which she had left with limitations. To continue providing for her and her younger siblings. Andrea quickly had to manage to continue with the business, since it was the only thing she knew how to do. Recycling was one of the activities that. She knew how to do backwards and. Forwards from where to get the plastics.
To where to sell them. Dad had now left the useless motorcycle as an inheritance. The wagon and mulletito were the only possessions left. They had agreed not to make Mulletito. Work anymore, but with the pain in their heart they had to put her to work again. But despite everything, Andrea was very grateful for that blessing that her father left her. And at least she had her mother.
And her siblings who were also healthy. The routine started at five in the morning. The next day she and her brothers carried their mother to put her on. Top of the cart. That day they proposed to collect in. Restaurants very close to the city’s pedestrian streets. Garbage dumps were also in the plans.
So she led Bulletito, who was taking. Them to their destination that day her father’s inheritance. That day they collected all the plastic. And got to know the places where. Her father and mother had traveled before. To get the recycling material. It was the first day without her father. The sadness and emptiness were enormous. This is how they all began to. Adapt to what they had to do. That week went very well. It seemed that from heaven their father.
Helped them and also their Heavenly father. Despite everything, they did not lose faith in him. Her mother stood firm in her belief. And that strengthened them greatly. Every day they followed the same routine. For above all things, they had faith. One day Andrea woke up at midnight. Looking for her mother on her side because she slept with her and not finding her. She got up quickly and without making. Much noise she went to look for her, first in the bathroom and then.
In the house’s hall when she suddenly heard strange sounds. It looked like someone was trying to. Exercise or strength or something. She followed the sound and great was her surprise to find her mother trying. To climb into the wagon alone. She stared at her. She had tried over and over again. On the 7th attempt she broke down and hugged Mulatito. Then she mentioned her father’s name and.
Said tell me what I should do. Andrea needs to go to school. It’s the only chance she has. You see I’m trying, love. Tell me what else I can do. Andrea was about to go for her because it was raining and what her mother was trying to do seemed too much to her. When Mulatito suddenly bent down. Her mother grabbed him by the neck.
And then opened her eyes and seeing that Mulatito had bowed, she sat down on the cart. Thank God, she said, very happy and relieved, and gave Mulatito a kiss. Andrea couldn’t contain herself anymore and running. She went to where her mother was. She cried next to her. Everything is going to be okay, her mother told her. It was almost time for Andrea to.
Take the scholarship to Buenos Aires but. She refused to leave her mother and her brother’s. Suddenly her mother energetically raised her voice and taking her face with her two hands, said look at me and listen. To me clearly what I’m going to tell you. We have fought hard to get you. And your brothers ahead. Do not let us down now.
You have to respect what your father. Wanted for you in life. Don’t worry, we’ll be fine. Make me proud, daughter. She gave her an envelope with the. Money they’d save for that trip since. They would still cover her expenses when. Classes started and that would be in a week. And they left for the bus terminal. The itinerary indicated that the bus would. Leave for Rosario, a city before the.
Capital and they had to be there before 02:00 in the morning at the terminal. Her brothers were sleeping. Only her mother accompanied her that day in her wheelchair. She kissed her and in order not to make the agony of letting her. Go any longer, she told her to. Get on the bus as soon as possible. The sadness that both felt was the.
Price to get their family forward to fulfill the will of her father. And she also wanted to be a professional. She started her life at school. On weekends she went out to visit an aunt in that city and her. Mother called her there. Is everything okay, daughter? She told her. Andrea began to adjust to her new life. Time went by so fast and although it was hard when it turned out that she was already in college, every day she thought about how her brothers.
And her mother would be. But she was playing her part, so she was comforted by the idea of taking out ahead everyone. She decided to be a doctor and specialized in infants and began to love. Her profession until she graduated. And even though her mom couldn’t be.
At her graduation, her aunt filled in for her. Her mother was only able to speak. To her on the phone.
That gave her even more strength. Some time later she was already receiving. Her first salary in the company which she had an agreement with that university. She didn’t think about anything other than. Giving everything to her mother. She deserved it. She arrived at the terminal and there. Was her mother with her brothers. She didn’t wait to get her luggage down. She ran to hug them and crying with emotion.
The moment was sublime. Tenderness overwhelmed them with many other feelings. The bitterness of distance was soon dissolved. By that time she fulfilled her goal and that of her parents. Has it been worth it? Her mother told her. Yes, mom, that’s how it was, Andrea answered, crying. She knelt before her mother and began. To kiss her hands. Get up, my love.
Let’s go home. Currently, Andrea has built the house where. Her brothers and her mother live and. She’S put her brothers to study travel. To Columbia every 15 days. She bought her mother a prestigious and she’s not allowed her to work. They all have health insurance, thanks to Andrea. And Mulletito lived his last days rested. Without a doubt a beautiful story that. Brings a beautiful message. Immersed in it. Does God reward us for being obedient to His Word?
There is a saying good is its own reward. But we may also wonder whether God. Rewards us in other ways if we obey His Word. Does being good, earnest additional blessings and benefits? Aside from the pleasant feeling, this question. Can have two answers, so we’ll look. At both of them. First of all, God’s pleasure and obedience.
Is documented over and over in Scripture. Especially in the Old Testament psalm 91. Four and Isaiah 50 813 to 14. God’s covenant with Israeli was very much conditional, as it was based on their obedience, and his promises to bless them depended on whether or not they kept his commands. Leviticus three. The Old Testament records the consequences Israel experience when they kept or broke the. Covenant deuteronomy 819 to 20, and Daniel 911 to twelve.
When Israel obeyed, God prospered them. Exodus 1526 when they defied him, he brought judgment. Two kings 24, two to three. During that time in human history, god. Offered tangible rewards for obedience to his commands. By the time Jesus came to earth. The leaders of Israel had added to. God’s law and turned into a religious system without the relationship. They believed themselves righteous because they followed the system of rules they’d set up. They assured themselves that they were God’s.
Favorites because they were descendants of Abraham and because they were so religious. However, Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of. The day, saying, you hypocrites, you did. Isaiah prophecy of you when he said. These people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15 seven nine. The Pharisees were obedient to the letter.
Of the law in some respects, but. They nullified other parts of the law. With their own traditions. They were rebuked because whatever show of. Obedience they had was motivated by self righteousness, not love of God. Those who were promised rewards for obedience. Were rebuked many times because their obedience Was not from the heart and was. Incomplete isaiah 20 913, Malachi 213 to 17, three eight to 15, and Matthew 20 315 to 28.
So what about now? How does God reward us for being. Obedient to his Word? We can better answer this question by. Recognizing that God’s Word is the instruction. Manual for our lives.