Scripture: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (ESV)
Devotional Thought: As a working woman, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and lab mom, Hebrews Chapter 4 often provides me with a gentle reminder of much-needed ‘amazing grace’. The chapter reviews the Lord’s command to honor the Sabbath and the gift that the Sabbath represents. The text states, “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” The chapter is a reminder that Jesus Christ is not unable to sympathize but understands human life’s temptations. The text exhorts us that not only should we look forward to and honor a Sabbath rest here on earth, but we should, with joyful anticipation in our hearts, look forward to the rest of eternity in heaven. As believers, we can confidently go forward with our days resting assured that we will receive mercy and grace even when we fall short.
Action Point: We often lose intentionality in our relationship with Jesus Christ when we fail to intentionally honor the gifts we have been given here on this earth. Quite honestly, it is easier to react to the most pressing thing right in front of us. The Bible admonishes us to actively pursue our relationship with God by honoring his commandments and praising Him for his grace and mercy. In what ways will you intentionally enter into Sabbath rest during this month of “saving grace”?
Prayer: “Heavenly Father…Your work has been finished since the foundation of the world. You, who are in no need of rest, rested. You who hold the mysteries of the entire universe in the palm of your hand took mercy on us and provided saving grace that is available to everyone. Your saving grace allows us to rest. We can rest in the assurance of our salvation. We can rest in the joyful anticipation of eternity with you in heaven. For this, we thank you, and we praise you. Please help us to find moments of intentional relationship with you each day. Moments where we stop, breathe, and rest in your grace. In your precious name, we pray, Amen.”
Contributed by Liz Hunt