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07 July 2009

Scripture:

9 So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 10 For all who enter into God’s rest will find rest from their labors, just as God rested after creating the world. 11 Let us do our best to enter that place of rest… (Hebrews 4:9-11a NLT)

Let’s do our best to enter that special place of God’s rest! I don’t really know what I’m talking about here, so if you’re looking for an authoritative pronouncement, this isn’t it!

I’m part of a “responsible” generation. I was raised in a home where the expectation was always one notch higher than I managed to deliver. I’m personally wired to think that there’s always more I should be doing, should have done, and I need to be doing better at it.

So I have to work hard to enter into that place of special rest. Contradiction in terms? Not really. I gravitate towards feeling I’ve got to do better to please God, I’ve got to do better (and more) to satisfy my responsibility to his calling, I’ve got to work just a little harder to justify the air I breathe and the space I occupy on the planet.

I know that’s wrong thinking, I know that’s contrary to the Good News and that it all depends on what he has done and not what I must do.

But please bear with me. I’m learning and growing and trusting more each day in the goodness and graciousness of God and less in my feeble efforts to make everything work the way it seems it should.

Let us do our best to enter that special place of God’s rest!

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for doing what I can never do – providing a way for me to approach you with confidence in your love and grace. Thank you for your example of “resting” after the work of creating the heavens and the earth. Thank you for the comfort I receive from reading these words… 14 That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it. (Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT)

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