Imagine being given the keys to the most exquisite automobile, the most spacious home and having access to anything you wanted without any merit or worthiness to have earned them. And then, complaining all the while about how little you were appreciated, how little you really received and in the end rejecting every gift given you because you did not want it that way. Imagine.
In Sunday's epistle reading, from Hebrews 3:12-19, the writer to the people reminded them that the ancient people God had chosen to inhabit the land He gave to them were about to enter into the land. And when they were tested in the wilderness, they immediately and categorically denied, doubted and rejected everything God had given them and wanted to go back to Egyptian slavery.
And when they rebelled about going into the land promised by God, having heard the evil report from the spies sent in to analyze and return with the report of both how wonderful the land was and how great the resources given them, they focused instead on the size of the present inhabitants, and wanted to kill their leadership and go back to slavery. They did not trust in God's promises and provision to not only enter the land, but He would fight their battles and establish them right away. But they could not and would not trust in Him.
Wow. No faith in God at all.
Yet now, people look around and do the same thing: let's go back to the Egypt of our youth, where everything was so much better and people understood life better and the life was much simpler. Go back to when the lies we believed (about our world/schools/government/goods/technology, etc.) was all we needed. We forget that we took that all for granted, and that while it might have been simpler, we simultaneously wore blinders which the Lord removed and tested us to see if we would trust in Him. We wanted to make the world into our image, forgetting that the world is passing away and we should not hold onto it. So now we have every form of vice, filth and evil out front and in the open--all of which have been around us from the first sin. It is within us to be evil and not just desire, think, speak and do evil. Yet we reject that too. The Lord should strike us down for that alone. Forget about the past and press on to the future, remaining firmly grounded in Christ Jesus.
Hold on to Christ and His salvation. We read from Hebrews 3:
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
Heavenly Father, I have been so wishy-washy when it comes to taking hold of Your promises and making them mine. But today I will not allow my human reason to talk me out of my spiritual inheritance. Make Your Spirit keep me solid on the Rock of Christ Jesus. Guide me to every promise that You have given me today in Jesus. In Jesus’ Name,