From Handbook to Scripture, Day 330
READING: HEBREWS 4
The author of Hebrews argues that Jesus is superior to Moses, since Moses was a servant while Christ is the Son (3:1–6). Thus, this book warns of the danger of unbelief and rebellion against Him (3:7–19). Christ offers a better rest than Joshua, and this rest is appropriated by faith in Him (4:1–13). As our great high priest in the order of Melchizedek, Christ is able to identify with the human condition because He suffered and “became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation” (4:14–5:10).
Since Jesus was tempted in all things as we are, but without sin, He can sympathize with our weaknesses and we can “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Prayer: Lord, Your word is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Meditation passage: verses 2, 12–16
From Simple Prayers, Day 330
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
Lord, I give thanks for Your greatness, your goodness, and your love, and I now draw near to enjoy your presence.
Praise the Lord!
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His loving mercy endures forever.
Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord
Or fully declare His praise? (Psalm 106:1–2)
You endowed the heart with wisdom
And gave understanding to the mind. (Job 38:36)
Take a moment to consider God’s awesome majesty and thank Him that He loves you and wants an intimate relationship with you.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
O Sovereign Lord, You are God! Your words are true, and You have promised good things to Your servant. (2 Samuel 7:28)
God will impute righteousness to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered over to death because of our sins and was raised because of our justification. (Romans 4:24–25)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
Through faith I am guarded by the power of God for salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:5)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down into the innermost parts of the body. (Proverbs 18:8)
Lord, I thank You for the greatness of Your promises and for the righteousness You have given to me in Christ. I thank You for the salvation that will be fully revealed at His coming, and I ask that I would not succumb to envy and malicious gossip.
Adapted from Handbook to Spiritual Growth
WORKING AS UNTO THE LORD
We cannot contribute to the work of God, but we can participate in it (John 4:34; 1 Corinthians 3:6–9). If we think that we can add to the work of God, our work becomes so inflated in importance that it can overwhelm relational commitments. We take ourselves too seriously when we think God needs what we have to offer. When leaders attempt to build empires by using people to serve their visions, they make the mistakes of trying to measure the impact of their work and basing their significance upon their accomplishments.
We are called to do our work as unto the Lord instead of seeking to impress and please people. When work is done with this attitude, it benefits others and honors God. At the same time, our identity transcends our work, and if we do not derive our identity from our relationship with the Lord, our work will tend to shape and define us. Our vocation, or calling, includes our occupations and careers but also transcends them.