Wednesday, January 18, 2017
When You Feel Irrelevant, Ponder This
Sadly, my Surface Pro 4 which has been wonderful for a full year is suddenly acting up. Overheating, fan on all the time, battery life nil. I brought it to the Microsoft help group who tell me it may be dying. I am considered a "heavy user" of computer capabilities apparently. I have driven my Surface Pro 4 to an early grave.
While my poor computer is in the hospital, I am using my old iPad. I am not even sure which iPad it is...2, 3...or 4? Is there a 4? I keep it as back up for when my computer is in the shop. Between uses, I often forget how to use it, and it needs to update all the apps each time I finally need to call it into service again. That makes it even slower and more cumbersome to use than it already is.
Nonetheless, I charged it overnight, and this morning, have been (slowly) reading my Bible study on this very slow and old machine. Because the machine is so slow, I had plenty of time to chew on the words I was reading. This is a portion of my study this morning:
1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 4: 1-2,7)
We have a promise of rest. I was forced to rest as I read these words because my machine is so slow. However, that is not the rest that is discussed in this passage. There awaits for all of us the promise of HIS rest, but only to those who have faith that what they are hearing is true. We are furthermore admonished that if we hear God's voice today, accept and harken to it today. Tomorrow may be too late as none of us are promised tomorrow.
HIS rest is finally escaping the rat race of sin once and for all. Finally, entering into His presence, washed clean and pure and holy by the sacrificial atonement of Christ. As we grow old, so many of us feel the world sweeping by us. Technologies we cannot keep up with, experiences others value that we cannot begin to understand, memories that all those youngsters find antiquated and dull. We feel increasingly irrelevant.
But this is the amazing good news. We are not irrelevant to God. He has spent a whole lifetime with us preparing us for His kingdom. He longs for us to enter with Him, into a place where the only truly important experience and knowledge awaits us: the knowledge, peace, and blissful rest with our Lord whom we will see face to face.
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart. Enter into His rest where the sacred value of your soul is completely understood by the One who loves you eternally.