1 Samuel 27:6 “So Achish gave him Ziklag that day; therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.”
Do you know where Ziklag was? It was in the region of Gath in the land of the Philistines. “Big deal, Carl. Why do you mention that?” Maybe this verse will give you a hint. “Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.” That’s I Samuel 17:4.
Don’t you get it? David was given a city in the home region of Goliath which remained the possession of the kings of Judah forever. David never got a reward for killing Goliath. But now, the king of Gath, gives him a city. He had to have known who David was. Interesting.
Our children must learn that they will not always see a reward for doing the right thing or the holy thing. Sometimes, in fact most of the time, the reward is delayed. It is NOT about the reward. It’s about pleasing the Lord.
We are way too quick to reward our kids. We bribe them with prizes or we entice them with trinkets. We are held hostage by the fear of their behavior if they don’t get what they want when they want it. Stop that. Teach them to wait. That is a worthy skill to learn.
But, are you just as guilty? Do you demand instant gratification? Do you expect to be recognized and rewarded the moment you do the right thing? Stop that too. Let your reward be pleasing the One who made you. That should give us joy.