“Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:”
Nebuchadnezzar is a great illustration of Psalm 21:1 when God says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Nebuchadnezzar allowed himself to be used of the LORD to punish several nations. One of the nations that God punished through Nebuchadnezzar’s hand was Egypt. God told Egypt that He was going to make them captives and their land a desolation because of the evil they had performed.
Nebuchadnezzar became that king who was the tool God used to make this prophecy come to pass. However, the part of this Scripture that grabs the attention is that God was going to reward Nebuchadnezzar for his service against Tyrus. God would let Nebuchadnezzar be the one to gain the land and riches of Egypt because he served the LORD by destroying Tyrus without any compensation.
This verse is a great reminder that God always rewards those who obey Him. God will be a debtor to no man, and even Nebuchadnezzar found out that God pays His debts, and His rewards are greater than the debt He owed. Several reminders can be learned from God’s rewarding character.
First, God always sees what you are doing. You may work in the shadows of the ministry and nobody seems to see what you are doing, but you can be assured that God knows what you are doing. When others get the accolades and you are passed over, God still sees what you have done without any reward.
Second, God always rewards those who serve Him. The greatest encouragement that any Christian who serves in the shadows can take from this verse is that God will reward you for what you do for Him. You may not do what you do for reward, but God will not be a debtor to any person. When God sees someone obeying Him, He will reward them in due season. Every Christian must have a solid belief in the Judgment Seat if they are going to keep themselves from becoming bitter about not receiving gratitude for what they do.
Third, God always gives more than He owes. When God pays His debts, He goes beyond the debt. What you do for the LORD will pale in comparison to how much the LORD will reward you. Your efforts are not in vain. Just like God rewarded Nebuchadnezzar more than he imagined; likewise, God will reward you far more than you can give.
I have shown you these three things to point out that if God rewards people for what they do, you should do what you can to reward those who serve in the shadows. Sadly, the only time that most people in the shadows are recognized is when they are criticized for making what others seem to be a mistake. My friend, why don’t you show gratitude for those in the shadows instead of pointing out their mistakes. It is ungodly to expect people to serve without a reward of gratitude. Certainly, mistakes need to be corrected, but it is wrong of you if the only time someone gets your attention is when they make a mistake. Let this devotional be a reminder to find those who are never recognized and do something to thank them for their efforts.