Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested me; they tried me, though they had seen what I did. For forty years I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ (Psalm 95:8-11)
You know as well as I do when you are pushing yourself. You exceed your limits by doing more, and you end up feeling exhausted, frustrated, and going beyond the perimeters of God’s boundaries.
Is it any wonder why you become focused on the negative, why you complain about almost everything, and why nothing seems to be right in your world?
If this describes you, then welcome to the first step towards being real, honest, and vulnerable with yourself.
When the Lord calls you to rest, its a good idea to pay attention and heed His direction. It’s easy to become like the children of Israel, who hardened their hearts in the wilderness. For they tested the Lord, in the midst of all of the mighty deeds He did for them, and they still chose to walk in rebellion.
Today, ask Jesus of Nazareth to redirect your steps. Repent of any hardening of your heart, and following after your own ways. As you follow Jesus, listen to where He calls you to rest, for in those places it’s easier to hear His voice, to calm your troubled heart, and to embrace His love for you.
Do you need a rest? Take a moment to listen for your response, and then follow the Lord as He leads you.
Thank you for knowing what I need, every step of the way. I am sorry for hardening my heart towards you and seeking after my own ways. I turn in repentance towards you so that I can embrace your love, receive your grace, walk in your mercy, and enter into your rest. Thank you, Lord Jesus. You are so loving and kind, and there is no one like you. Amen.