Let Us Garden – Fear

I apologize at the outset for the corny play on words.  More on that in a minute.  This morning I was doing a search for a passage of Scripture from Hebrews.  I discovered that when God spoke to us in the book of Hebrews, he repeats a phrase that exhorts us to serious reflection and action.  One of the ways to study the Bible is to note recurring themes or words in a particular section.  In Hebrews the phrase let us is used repeatedly.  Each time we should pay particular note to what follows.

As an aide to memory, I am employing the visual word play of let us and lettuce.  There is no connection of meaning between the two similar sounds.  So bear with me.  Think about having a lettuce garden in your back yard.  Each row will be filled with heads of lettuce.  Each head represents one of the let us statements from the book of Hebrews.  So here is the first one:

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.

— Hebrews 4:1

This is a sobering call for us to have fear.  Not the kind of fear that paralyzes us, but the kind of fear that causes us to avoid taking God for granted.  Would you join God in that rest from a life racked by weariness and sin?  Would you find eternal refreshment in the presence of God?  We are promised this if we cling to Christ and his grace.  Yet it is not a cheap grace that we easily hold.  It is a grace paid for by the blood of our Savior that we emphatically embrace.

The imagery in the verse is that of journeying on a destination.  Joining God in his rest is the destination.  We cannot come up short.  Is your target merely the benefits of God or is it God himself?  Is your love for God only for what he gives you, or is it for who he is?  Is your faith based on your keeping religious habits or is it in Christ alone?

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  1. Just tonight as I was having my quiet time with Him I thought and told him. You are really an awsome God to send your only Son to die for me and suffer as yours did. How unworthy I’am of that and how I would give anything to be able to love like that. Its hard to imagine someone loves you that much for eternal time when you have done very little for Him. Yes if only I could love that much and all I can do is try each and everyday to love others that much. At times it seems impossible until He reminds me, everything is possible. Growing up in a Baptist Church all my life I now realize I missed a lot of things by just taking my teaching’s for granted. Today I understand that I can walk that walk with Him and love Him like I never have before. I have since received the Holy Ghost and praise the Lord with the up lifted hands. I was healed from an uncureable disease and brought thru some tragedies in my life that without Him could not have overcome. He showed me his life and what I thought I wanted for my life was totally different what He wanted. I’ve experiernced the healing miracle and closer walk and talk with Him all because of His love for me. He prepared me for a tragedy in my life that left an impact on a lot of people I love . Step by step He was by my side showing me what I should and shouldn’t do and today we walk that same way together. My God is an awsome God and to know him in this way is undescribable to humans but only the heart and soul knows and feels it. I hope everyone gets to feel a little touch of what I have experienced with my Lord before they leave this earth. Thank you Lord for really letting me get to know you and a spirit to guide me.

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