Today’s reading is Hebrews 4-5.

Was it unbelief or disobedience? Why were the Israelites unable to enter their promised rest? “We see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:19). “Those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:6). It was both. And in this we see the connection between belief and obedience. Obviously, if we don’t believe, we won’t obey. However, if we don’t obey, we really can’t claim to have believed. How much faith and trust do we need to enter our rest? Enough to obey God. Do you want to enter our rest? Then put God in the beginning of your belief and your behavior. Trust and obey, there’s no other way.

Tomorrow’s reading is Hebrews 6-7.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, solid food is for the mature. I know that is hard to hear when you are a child. However, I hope you actually get the good news from what the Hebrew writer said here. He actually told his readers that they should have already been teachers, that is mature. The good news behind that is maturity for Christians is not some impossibly hard state to reach. It is actually very natural. The fact that the readers of this letter were not mature was their own fault, not the fault of God or the gospel or the nature of Christianity. No one should expect a child to be mature, but you can expect to grow. If you simply apply yourself to God’s will as you grow, you will become mature. Keep reading and keep growing, God will get you there.

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