Daily Devotion-September 23, 2022

Daily Devotion-September 23, 2022

Hebrews 4:9-13

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God rested from his work. Therefore, let us make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to the point of dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, even being able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from him, but everything is uncovered and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we will give an account.

Dear Heavenly Father,

As frantic as our lives are, we all need rest, and you provide that much-needed rest. Lord, when you finished creating the world, you rested; you made everything this world needed; you completed it; this was your rest. To enter your rest also means everything is done. Throughout this life, we struggle with the sins that continue to plague us every day, but it is in repentance and forgiveness that we have rest; it is finished. So we thank you for sending Jesus to us to make way for us to receive your rest.

In your word, we hear Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; the forgiveness of all our sins comes through him. It is in his forgiveness that he has acquired rest for us. Your word shows us what we have done wrong; as Paul said in Romans, “I would not have known what coveting was without the law.” We cannot hide what we have done from you, you know. So we come before you with all our sins, especially those hidden and others we have forgotten. We lay them before Jesus’ cross. We pray for forgiveness of all our sins. Please take all our sins away for Jesus’ sake so we have rest. In repentance, we also have the assurance of our forgiveness because Jesus suffered in our place on the cross, and we have rest. Thank you for giving us our rest! Please give us opportunities to share your forgiveness and rest with those who do not know you so that they will also be assured of the complete forgiveness you have for them. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

Rest and hope come from confidently knowing Jesus has forgiven all your sins; not one of them is too great for him. Jesus has forgiven them all.