A Rest for the People of God
Today’s reading teaches us about the dangers of unbelief. In it, Paul is cautioning the church against having a lack of faith. He says, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief concerning the living God” (v.12). He gives the example of Israelites, who, even though delivered out of Egypt by the grace of God, hardened their hearts and would not believe in the Lord: “And with whom was the Lord grieved with forty years? Was it not with them that believed not?” (v.17). He implores those in the church not to harden their hearts, but to encourage each other daily in their faith, so as to hold fast to their confidence in the Lord.
In today’s world, I think these passages speak to all of us. Our society portrays skepticism and suspiciousness as being rational and intelligent. It encourages us to display open unbelief about everything, promoting the thought process of “if I can’t understand it, then it can’t be true.” As you can well imagine, this theory does not work in regard to our infinite and awesome God. In a society where faith and trust are no longer considered virtues, it is difficult for us, as Christians, to stand strong in our faith. But if we would be partakers of Christ, we must believe in Him: “And to whom swore He that they should not enter into His rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief ” (v. 18-19).
Stepping Out in Lent – This Lenten season, let us pray to develop and maintain a strong trust in God, no matter what distracts or discourages us.
Author – Abigail Warren is a sixteen-year-old homeschooler in eleventh grade. She has been a part of St. Peter’s since 2008. Abigail is involved in the church as an acolyte, youth lector, and Youth Ensembler, and is in the confirmation class this year. She is also involved with Dynamos and Camp Araminta.