Bible Reading Day 312
Day 312: November 8 (Hebrews 4)
Yesterday we considered the benefits of resting in God, through obedience to His Word. Today, we continue on the topic of God’s rest. The writer gives us examples of rest, and shows that there remains a promised rest for God’s people. We enter this rest by faith; renouncing our own labors (striving) and instead obeying God (letting God’s will be our motivation and focus).
Verse 12 is a key verse for the whole book: “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
The Word of God (the Bible), which we have been reading together for more than 11 months, is alive. Like a laser beam, it shines into our hearts and both illuminates and exposes the truth there.
Then verses 14-16 are a summary of the foundation of our faith, as well as an encouragement to live as God intended: “since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 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 most.”
So come boldly to God now – whatever you need, whatever your condition, whatever you have been told by religion. The truth is, God’s throne is open to you and me, not because there is anything of worth in us, but because there is everything of worth in Jesus!
Have a great day!