Daily Devotional for Thursday December 07, 2017

Scripture:

Hebrews 4:9-10 (NASB) So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

Observation:

As I listened to the instructions, it occurred to me that what they were saying was to take care of yourself first, then others around you. Have you been on a plane when the attendants go through the emergency procedures? The instruct you that when the O2 mask falls, you should put yours on first and then take care of those around you. Today's verses speak of the Sabbath rest, and how even God rested from His Work. Too often, we don't take care of ourselves. We keep going and going and try to help others, but slowly fall short due to exhaustion. Even at the fire department it was stated that when responding to a call, we need to take care that we get there to help others and not become a problem for others to take care of. In this busy season, make sure you take some time to rest. Rest in the arms of Christ, for His Work has been accomplished. Once refreshed and renewed, we can start the process of helping others. We will be better for the rest and better for those we help. If it was good enough for God to do, don't you think we should do it too?  

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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