WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them,”
Hebrews 4:2 ESV
JESUS WANTS TO REWARD US: THE MESSAGE
“If it has not been proven that tobacco is guilty of causing cancer of the lung, it has certainly been shown to be at the scene of the crime,” wrote Charles S. Cameron in the January 1956 issue of The Atlantic. But it wasn’t until 1964 that the Surgeon General officially declared that smoking causes cancer. And in 1965 it became a requirement that all cigarette packages have some type of warning label about the health risk of smoking. And after years of warnings, people still continue to smoke even though they know the risk involved.
There are times when we all hear the same message and some benefit from the message and some don’t. Hebrews 4 reminds us that Jesus has a good news message of love, mercy and forgiveness for us. Hebrews 4 also reminds us that some people hear that message and benefit from it and some people hear that message and don’t benefit from it.
It is easy to sit in church and not absorb or apply what is being taught. It is also easy to take a little time in the morning to read scripture or a devotional and rush through it without meditating on it. One of the things that can help us absorb God’s messages and not miss them is to slow down. Take some time today and read Hebrews 4. What message in Hebrews 4 means the most to you today? How can you apply that message?