09 Apr Diligence Produces Rest
We all deal with anxiety from time to time in life, it is part of the human condition. Whether it is marital, financial, your children or a health condition, it can be a dangerous weapon used against us. Anxiety comes from fear of the unknown and it can be extremely unhealthy for you as a believer.
Prov 12:25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.
The “good word” are the promises God gave us! These promises ensure all things will work together for our good. If you have been around good teaching or other believers maybe you know some of these promises, but how real and tangible are these to you today?
Years ago I heard the voice of the Lord say, “you will never be able to do what I’ve called you to do unless you can learn to enter My rest.” I found Hebrews chapter 4 as the chapter written about the rest that is available for us today and encourage you to read it. We should all ask “what do I do to enter His rest”?
Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest
Many believers are diligent about their work, or hobbies but few are diligent about seeking the Lord and His rest. The challenge today is not to be diligent only in things of the world and lazy about entering His rest.
Diligence defined is, earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort.
This isn’t about having a token “quiet time” but actually studying the Bible and praying until you find rest, until His promises are more real than your circumstances. It is applying steady effort first to study the word of God as the undertaking of your life. For this was the example left for us by believers in the Bible.
11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Today, there is rest available for you, and it opens the door to His promises. Take time to diligently pursue the presence of the Lord and you will be greatly rewarded.
Prov 13:4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing, but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
He is waiting on you. Find the wealth of peace in His presence and receive the gift of His promises today.