READINGOld Testament: Job 19:21-27a
Psalms: Psalms 95, 88
New Testament: Hebrews 4:1-16, Romans 8:1-11
Evening Psalms: Psalms 27
“We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness,
but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith,
If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting”
(Hebrews 4:2-3 MSG)
During Advent, especially during the week leading up to Christmas, I got caught up in all the activities and traditions -- striving for the perfect holiday.
By Christmas week, I felt run down and really needed some rest. But did I cut back on my activities? Of course not. On Christmas Eve, I went to Berryville to have breakfast with Mom. Around noon, I returned to Sterling to see my grandchildren in the Christmas pageant. After the service, we went out to dinner. Later, I attended the 11pm service (a tradition I love). Early on Christmas morning, I went to my daughter’s house to open gifts and have breakfast with them. That was followed by a trip to my brother’s home in Lorton for a family brunch. Late afternoon, we returned to my daughter’s home for dinner. Then, at 9:30 p.m. -- when I finally returned home - I crashed! I slept and slept and slept until early afternoon the following day.
It is written in scripture that there is a time for everything; I think that includes a time to rest.
On reflection, was it really necessary for me to do everything I did? Probably not. What I really needed to do was to focus on the real reason for the season – the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus. With God’s help, I will stay focused on the real reason for all the Holy days.
That brings me to Holy Week. Today is Holy Saturday (essentially, “Easter Eve”). In Hebrews, God promises that if we are obedient (faithful) to Him, we can find rest. His promise was offered in the past and is still available to us today. Thankfully, we have been given Jesus
“…with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help”
(Hebrews 4:14 -16 MSG).
It is written that on the seventh day God rested from His work. Rest, in all its connotations (physical, mental and spiritual) is necessary.
Lord, I pray that I may accept your promise and find my rest in You. Amen.