Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wandering in the Wilderness, They Fell Short
Heb 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
These verses trouble me as a pastor. As I read them, my mind starts immediately to picture many who came short of the rest that God gives, not only on the other shore, but right here and now.
Many are the souls who wander this earth, saved, but nowhere near secure in their walk, because their faith is lacking severely.
They will stroll through this life without power because the arm of their flesh will always fail them. How sad, they could live in victory, but will go on in defeat because they found no profit in the gospel.
God's great invitation is open to all who would believe and abide in Christ. It is an invitation to cast all of our care upon Him, to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him, because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
You have a choice even now, make Him your all in all and find rest or retain control of your own life, traversing from one frustration to another.