Friday, February 26th
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience”.
We live in a world defined by our activities – we are required to multi-task between our career, our personal relationships, all our children’s activities and our hobbies. How did we ever accomplish anything without our iPhones and being able to text, tweet, email, Snapchat, post on Instagram and occasionally actually speak to someone? Lost in all this chaos is God’s simple commandment for a day of rest. How appropriate for me to be assigned this reading. More often than not, I never pause to rest, always thinking there is something more that needs my attention.
If only this reading ended here. The knowledge that “Nothing in all creation is hidden for God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him” is beyond scary. Growing up, I certainly got into my share of “mischief” (After all, some of my childhood friends were Jimmy McLemore, Will Hill Tankersley, Fred Tyson, and Mark is my little brother). Usually, the knowledge of my transgressions made it home before I did and were laid bare before my parent’s eyes. Consequences (spankings when warranted – this was the 60’s) followed and life returned to normal. As I got older, and a little craftier, I realized my un-discovered transgressions were worse because of guilt.
As I write, it is early morning and, if I haven’t made a poor decision yet, one is certainly right around the corner. Hopefully, I will recognize my mistakes and, because of Jesus and God’s love for us, I can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Rest, know that you are loved and find hope in these chaotic times.