We can’t imagine the emptiness of life without God’s love. We can’t imagine the fullness of life with God’s love.
So why do we ignore it?
Though we are faithless, God remains faithful to give us mercy if we will just ask.
So why do we ignore it?
When we are hopeless, dying from the failures and wrongs in life. We can find hope in the Lord who has triumphed over all even death.
So why do we ignore—God’s love, His faithfulness, and the Hope He offers?
We ignore it when we are distracted by other things We have ears that do not hear above the noise of this world. We have eyes that do not see beyond the glitter of this world. But God sends His Spirit to stir our spirit with conviction for ignoring the Lord.
“The Holy Spirit spoke the truth to your forefathers when he said through Isaiah the prophet: Go to this people and say, You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.” Acts 28:25-27
So stop letting lesser things hold your attention, for they cause you to miss out on all of God’s good things.
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Hebrews 4:1 NIV
What causes people to not enter His rest? It seems unbelievable that someone would stop short of entering God’s rest. Like a mountain climber turning back a few meters short of the top, it doesn’t make sense. That’s where the second part of the verse comes in:
For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Hebrews 4:1-2 NIV
Entering God’s rest happens when we trust Him. You can’t enter His rest unless you stop trying to do it your way, and trust Jesus––following His way.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
I need to reaffirm my hope is in the Lord and not myself. With His help I can scale the wall before me.
You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:28-29
Along with hope, I need remind myself of God’s faithfulness to His promises (His Word). I can trust in Him.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
And most of all, I need to rest in His love for me.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
This is what I need. This is what we are given in Jesus. Take a long deep drink of this “Living Water” on this new day.