Daily Devotions: October 20, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Hebrews chapter 4

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

There are four statements in Hebrews chapter 4 that begin with the words “let us.” These statements are four responses of faith to the promises of God. God promises to give us salvation rest, but also for the believer God gives a special rest. Not only can we know the rest of being saved, but we can experience the rest of being secure in all of our circumstances. If we are going to enter into God’s rest then we must come to God in obedient faith. First, “let us fear” (verse 1). A holy, reverential fear of God is vital to our Christian walk. God has given us the promise of His rest, but if we don’t act in faith upon His promise then we won’t enter into it. The possibility of missing out on the promise should cause us to tremble. Second, “let us labor” (verse 11). We must do our best to enter into the rest of God. We cannot afford to be passive, but we must labor to obey God’s Word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword.” (Verse 12) Third, “let us hold fast our profession” (verse 14). That means we must stand firm on what we believe. Don’t be misled or give up the faith. Lastly, “let us come boldly unto the throne of grace” (verse 16). What an invitation! We have access to God through Jesus Christ. At God’s throne we find mercy and grace. All of our needs are met in Him! What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Prayer: “Jesus, give us Your special rest. We come to You in faith so that we don’t miss out on Your will for our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron