Today’s devotion is based on Hebrews 4:9-12. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Just before these verses, it was written that some of the Israelites never reached the Promised Land because they had turned away from God. In these verses, the writer is warning those hearing his message that they too, even though they too must watch that they do not fall away from God, thus losing entering God’s eternal Sabbath rest.
While certain sins are obvious and naturally bring to mind the need for repentance, there are other sins that we are not aware of. The Word of God can only expose those sins. We need to study God’s Word so that we, like the Israelites of long ago, do not fail in our journey to God’s eternal Sabbath rest.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things seen and unseen may your Word come to me in all its power, penetrating all the obstacles of life in this day and age. Guide me in the Spirit of truth, so I can stand firm in faith as I look forward to Your eternal Sabbath rest. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.