Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The phrase, ‘Enter into my rest’, implies that choosing to be at rest with God is an active rather than a passive activity. So often I wonder why God doesn’t give me rest when I ask him for peace in my life –and then turn around and jump right back onto the treadmill of a lifestyle rife with consumerism, entertainment and self-pity, and their by-products of envy, dissipation, and anxiety. But when I deliberately take steps to enter into God’s rest, by asking for forgiveness for squandering my time, treasure and talents; by taking quiet time to power down, pray, and ponder ; and by resting on the Sabbath, then I find that I am approaching God’s mercy in a complete, whole and unique way, and find the wellsprings of faith, hope, and love, and ultimately rest. Will my choices today reflect my desire to enter into God’s rest? Holy Spirit of God, help me enter into your rest.
They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they do not regard my ways. Therefore... They shall not enter my rest. (Psalm 95:10-11)
Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.