Today’s chapter shows what’s in store for us when we enter into our “retirement years”…
READ HEBREWS 4 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To understand this chapter, you really need to go back to the beginning of the story and put it into the context of the moment when humans (particularly guys) ended up with a life of toil.[a] Some of us are lucky enough to wake up happy with the thought of another day building our life’s work. The thought of retiring is not on our radar – we wouldn’t have a clue what we’d do with ourselves. Others of us watch as retirement looms ahead, and we realise that we haven’t the years left in our working career to pay our remaining bills. We’re in fear that we’ll be forced to retire as younger, more energetic workers “steal” our jobs. Then there’s the huge portion of the world who are locked into slavery, working for a pittance and scratching out a bear living just to survive.
If you’re planning your retirement, this chapter is about real rest with no more forced demands required for survival. With our future completely taken care of so that there’s no question at all of a threat to our continued existence, we’ll enter the final resting years planned ahead of us by our Maker – the One who made us in His own image – not just to be like Him[b], but to be WITH Him.
This isn’t an R.I.P (Rest in Peace). It’s a new season absent of survival-based striving in all its forms. Read more? …CLICK to follow “25 November – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Finding it hard to speak freely to your Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
One generation commends the works of the Creator God to another. They tell of the power of Your awesome works, Lord, and I too will proclaim Your great deeds. [Psalm 145:4a&6]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the people of Turkey[c]
Your Nation: Gospel Education Institutions
Yourself: Increased moral excellence
Your concerns for today
This is the confidence I have in approaching You, Lord: that if I ask anything according to Your will, You hear me. [1 John 5:14]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Whether I turn to the right or to the left, Lord, my ears will hear Your voice behind me, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” [Isaiah 30:21]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
There is surely a future hope for me in You, Father God, and my hope will not be cut off. [Proverbs 23:18]
“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”
THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual Conflict
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. [2 Corinthians 10:4]
[a] Genesis 3:17-19
[b] Genesis 1:26-27