February 27, 2015

Heb 4_11

Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16

Moses encourages the Israelites to walk with their God who has brought them to the edge of the Promised Land. He is a God who shows no partiality and takes no bribes. His judgments are right and true. When they entered the land of Israel his people had rest from their travels and their work, a Sabbath rest, God’s rest. As they established themselves in the land, he gave them rest from their enemies.

The author of the book of Hebrews tells us that God has another Sabbath rest in mind that we cannot find here in this age. Eternity will bring us to that final rest in God our redeemer. Our redeemer, Jesus, has been where we are. He knows our weaknesses and has prepared a place for us to rest. In the meantime we are encouraged to maintain a life of obedience, a life of faith in the God who delivered us from Egypt, from Babylon, from sin, death, and the devil until that day when we see our great high priest, the Lamb of God, face to face. May the Holy Spirit fill us with patience and perseverance as we run the race of faith.

Prayer: Gracious Father, bless your people with a vision of your Sabbath rest and faith to endure to the end. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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