Not a ‘feel good’ start, but one I pray gets our attention. 🙂 Because that was the author’s goal in writing this portion of Hebrews. We too often get caught up in the knowledge and lose sight of the simple truth and grace of Jesus. With all that’s going on in our world today, there are plenty of opportunities to gnaw of a tough piece of meat for hours and waste your energy on proving and confirming your personal beliefs. Yet our Lord encourages us to have a childlike faith and just eat the baby food sometimes.
I can so easily fall into the trap of searching for knowledge or desiring to understand that I lose sight of my simple need to stand firm on holy ground and move to the rhythms of His grace. I undervalue the command to ‘be still and know that I am God.’ And to be honest, I have had season of my life when I was ‘spiritually dull and didn’t seem to listen.’ But I know I’m not the only one!
For the American church as a whole, it breaks my heart to see some speak out in a way that affirms a spiritual dullness and lack of listening. We must ask ourselves some tough questions, similar to what’s stated in Hebrews. Where is the love? Where is the truth and grace lived out? If we as believers would come around those in need, love and support them, and truly live out the gospel in their lives, I feel like some hot topics in our culture and government would being playing out differently. I know I’ve failed to do so too. But we need Christ because we’re all broken – we’re all sinners and saints. We need biblical community, like what so many of us find locally through Holy Barre, to encourage and challenge each other. We must humble ourselves and just drink the milk and eat the baby food. And savor it . . .
As always and every day, our God responds in love, seated on the throne, ready to provide the truth, grace, love, power, forgiveness, comfort, grace and mercy (Hebrews 4:16). Living in love and moving forward in truth and grace requires daily dependence on Him. We seek, abide, remain, and connect . . . and LISTEN! Oh, Lord, help us to listen to You, to Your Spirit, and to Your people.
As we focus on Hebrews Chapter 5 this week, let’s use this workout to be fed with the simple truth and grace of our High Priest. May we find nourishment and strength in our King. Grab your water, light weights, and gliders of any kind (if you have them).