Friday, October 12, 2012
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 90:12-17, Deuteronomy 5:22-33, and Hebrews 4:1-11
Verse 11 in the old King James is, “Let us therefore labor to enter into this rest.” The idea of working to rest is a bit counter-intuitive. Doesn’t rest mean the absence of work? Why should we work to rest?
Of course, another way of looking at it might be better. Think more along the lines of working to arrange everything so that when rest time comes, it can truly be a rest. Most people have a list of things to accomplish before they can take a few days off. They have to work to enter into their rest.
Like many analogies, this one will only take us so far. But it is clear that God wants us to be diligent in what we do. Both half-hearted obedience and delayed obedience is disobedience.
Be obedient to God’s commands. Get up and get moving.