We fall so short from the grace of God. Who are we, who am I, to deserve the unconditional love, the free gift of salvation? Hebrews 4 paints a beautiful picture of the rest we find in Christ, the rest we may now enter into only because of the sacrifice of the only Son of God. Before the cross, there were only rules; what could never be accomplished by human efforts was done on the day of Calvary; freedom came when Jesus rose again on the third day. Our hope and salvation come from Him alone! Psalm 62 expresses this very well!
“My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress; I will never be shaken..”
Today God gives each of us the opportunity to choose Him. We can turn from our own selfish, sinful ways and allow Him to cleanse and transform our hearts and minds. 1 John 1:9 tells us,
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and purify
us from all unrighteousness.”
We can ask Him,
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and
renew a steadfast spirit within me”
God sees our hearts, motives; He knows our thoughts; nothing can we hide from Him (Psalm 139:1-7,23-24; Psalm 94:11). So often I cry for the pains in this world; for my own; for the struggles, hurt, and poverty I see all around me. So many live not only surrounded and strangled by the sins/evils of the world, but also without the hope and saving grace of a Savior. If we claim to follow Christ, we cannot keep silent; we cannot let others live in eternal darkness while we have the light of the Lord in our hearts. Jeremiah 20:9 says,
“But if I say, ‘I will not mention Him or speak
anymore in his name,’ his word is in my heart
like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
Are the waters in your being stagnant? If the Lord gives, we must share. We must allow Him to overflow out into the people all around us. They are hungry and thirsty for the living God (Psalm 63:1). Many of us know Him, and have seen his glory; we believe his love is better than fleeting life; that He satisfies; He daily bears our burdens (Psalm 63; Psalm 68:19). We not only can rest in Him ourselves, but have this to share with others. As God rested from his work after creating the world, we now can rest from striving to be saved by our own works (Hebrews 4:9-10).
Don’t wait another day to choose Him; today is the day of salvation; today is your day! (2 Corinthians 6:2)
“Let us then approach the throne of grace
with confidence, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help us in our
time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
“Be at rest once more, O my soul, for
the Lord has been good to you”