GraceLife Blog 50-Tear It Open, The Gift

Some of us might think that life isn’t fair.  It’s difficult to watch our former classmates succeed while we continue to struggle or see billionaires living on tropical islands while we live in a small, cold place or watch families sit down to warm meals and holiday hugs when all we have is cold, hard cash.  That doesn’t seem fair does it?

Let me sum up the first 5 chapters of Hebrews for you.  It talks about the forty years that the Israelites spent wandering the desert.  The Lord would call to them as they walked the desert, walked the empty, burning heat of the scorpion invested desert, and the Israelites would harden their hearts against him.  Because they hardened their hearts toward God, he made an oath that stated they would never enter his rest.

“So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the desert,
where your fathers tested and tried me
and for forty years saw what I did.
That is why I was angry with that generation,
and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
So I declared an oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’
(Hebrews 3:7-11)

Keep praying to the Lord no matter what you are going through.  Tell him what you want to tell him.  He is a big God, but don’t harden your hearts toward him.  Keep an open dialog going with God.  Don’t shut him out.  When he calls or when you think about him, don’t become bitter and resentful.  That will only make things worse.  God wants to take you into paradise but he can’t do that if you aren’t willing to take his hand and learn to get along with him.

Even Jesus said prayers to the Father under loud cries and crocodile tears, and because he offered those prayers he learned how the Lord truly works.  He learned the difference between right and wrong, and after Jesus’ time was over on earth, the Father took him up to live with him in heaven.

For this Christmas, let’s be okay with what we have and let’s truly appreciate what God has done for us.  He’s given us the opportunity to find salvation from the mental or physical agony of sin.  He’s promised us peace and comfort in his care while we struggle.  He will take care of us and give us rest more so than any mansion in the tropics could ever do.  Merry Christmas, please, accept the gift of Christ this year.

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