After hearing the pastor’s inspiring message last Sunday, I knew I could do it. “Be holy, because He is holy” was the command. Christlikeness was within my grasp. “Doing” was not to be my goal anymore. Entering His rest was what I would do. Forgo my own efforts. Give up control.
However, I’m having trouble. Ignorance is not bliss, believe me. Just wrapping my mind around this concept is a struggle. Keeping His commandments is “doing”, isn't it? Laziness does not equal entering His rest. My mind spins in circles as I try to reconcile this concept of dieing to the law. Never before has resting been so much work. Oh, to have the wisdom of Solomon that I might understand! Perhaps I need to consult a higher power. Quiet time with God seems to be in order.
Reading the Psalms, I cry out to God for wisdom and understanding. So too did the Psalmist, and his writing encourages me. Touching the words on the dog-eared page, I close my eyes and commit them to memory. Understanding will come in God’s time, but for now I’ll take comfort in this verse. “Verily God hath heard [me]; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.”* What else could I ever want? Xanadu pales in comparison to the promises of my Father.
Years, months, weeks, days, or maybe even hours or minutes from now, I will see clearly through this murky glass. Zion awaits, and when I enter there I will finally, truly understand.
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