November 9

Today's Bible Reading
      II Kings 22
      Hebrews 4
      Joel 1
      Psalms 140-141

''There remains therefore a rest for the people of God as God did from His. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works”. (Hebrews 4:9-10) 

          In this chapter of Hebrews, the writer has been talking about rest. Now he comes to the rest he has had in mind - Calvary rest. When Jesus died on the Cross, He cried, ''It is finished." He finished the work God gave Him to do. Today, God rests in Christ's finished work and so does the believer. That is one reason Christian believers do not keep the Old Testament Sabbath, for our rest is not in a day, but in a Person. Our salvation is based on a finished work, and we have already entered into rest.
          But often our state does not correspond to our standing. Many believers lack a genuine assurance of salvation; therefore,they occupy lower ground than God intends, and are constantly struggling and working to seek the favor of God. The Child of God must deliberately appropriate, for himself, the rest the Lord has wrought. That is why the writer of Hebrews gives us verse 11 - ''Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest,lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience." (Hebrews 4:11)
          A missionary in Africa offered a ride to a national walking along the side of the road, struggling beneath the weight of a heavy load. The African man gladly accepted the ride but, after a few miles, the missionary looked in his rear view mirror and saw the man standing stiffly upright in the back of the truck,still holding his load on his shoulders. The missionary stopped the truck to see why the man was still carrying his load. The man said, ''it was nice enough of you to carry me. I didn't want you to carry my load as well." The missionary explained that he could put his load down and the truck could handle both of them. This illustrates many who know the Lord but continue to carry their load without allowing the Lord to carry it for them.
          When George Mueller, of Bristol, died in 1898, his death was a national event. This man made more impact upon England and much of the world than any other Christian man of his era.  When he was 70 years of age, he decided to become a missionary. He had incredible monuments to his life behind him already. Now he gave himself to traveling throughout the world. The world became his parish. He traveled throughout the United Kingdom, the European continent, the United States,the mainland of Asia, and the sub-continent of Australia. He traveled more than 200,000 miles in days when traveling was not as convenient and comfortable as it is today. He spoke more than 6,000 times despite advancing years. He died at the age of 93,and entered into his eternal rest.
          What was the secret of this busy life? Rest! He had learned the secret of Calvary rest. George Mueller pointed an unwavering finger to the source of his strength, telling of his daily habit of having a quiet time with God in meditation upon the Word of God, and in believing in simple child-like prayer. He said, ''I've always considered the first business of the day to get my own soul happy in the Lord."  This man that changed the world understood Calvary rest.
          As you consider the relief and development personnel who serve the Lord throughout the world, we realize that a compassionate and sacrificial Christian response is obedience to what Jesus taught us to be and to do. People throughout the worldand especially in the developing countries really do not care what we know until they know that we care. Pray for wise use of funds that are given generously by Christians to aid programs. Christians respond to human need,but this money needs to be used wisely by organizations that are dedicated to relief and development. Pray for a harvest of souls as a result of this ministry.

                      Lord Jesus, thou hast promised rest, Then give it now to me.
                      The rest of ceasing from myself, To find my all in Thee.
                                              George Mueller