BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
God understands how hard it can be to live for him. He knows not just beause he knows all things, but because he has experienced its struggle in the person of his Son. So we are told our great high priest can "feel sympathy for our weaknesses" because he too was tempted, and he too had to offer up prayer with fervent cries for help. Yet by standing firm and obeying in all perfection, he achieved a righteousness on our behalf, so that if we stick with him we will receive salvation. More than that, by sending Jesus, God was showing his readiness to grant grace to sinners. And so we can be sure that if we approach his throne seeking mercy to pardon us and grace to strengthen us, he will give it. But if we turn away from Christ, even having experienced something of the Spirit in the community of the church, then there is no hope for us. For having rejected him, there is nowhere else to turn. There is also the sense here, that such rejection in someone who has seen so much of the truth, might mean that in judgment they are somehow kept in that unbelief so that they are unable to repent (6v4-6)! Whatever the case, it is a most serious thing. As you read note what we can be confident of in Christ.
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.