About Bruce HansonI am a retired public school teacher of 52 years, and a Bible study teacher for nearly the same amount of time. A much wiser one than when I began. I love God's Word and all that it reveals about my Savior. And one last thing. I'm an assuredly silly guy (-B
by Bruce Hanson
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
I am a member of a group I wish I wasn’t qualified to be a part of, The OGC (Old Guys Club). That isn’t our official name but an appropriate one for the geezers like me who attend the Men’s Bible Study on Wednesday at church (ages 60-90+). When you are younger, one often pines for a vacation, an opportunity to rest and recharge. But when you are old like me, you have way more down time than is desirable — way too much!! Nonetheless, having extra time doesn’t equate with rest — much needed rest.
When I was a brand new Christian — half a century ago – I read a book by Watchman Nee called Sit, Walk, Stand. “Sit” is the place we start as Christians. Sitting means trusting. It mightily impacted me ever since. In the passage above, Jesus offers us a rest that we all are desperate for. Trouble is, I think most of us only almost sit down. We are close, perched two inches above the seat. But the chair doesn’t actually work unless we allow it to support our weight. Not only that, but it wreaks havoc on our backs to almost sit. Ouch!!
As an oldie, I am unfortunately all too aware of how many times I have ALMOST trusted God. I thought and said the right things. But I didn’t TRULY trust Him. I hadn’t rested in Him. I meant to, but I always stopped short — too many ‘Buts’ and ‘What Ifs’.
It makes me think fondly of my departed mother. She worked hard all week, so she was more than deserving of a day of rest. But come Sunday, she just couldn’t sit down — maybe for thirty seconds, but then she was right back up. If you look at the wonderful offer God makes above, there is no asterisk. There isn’t anything we must do to validate the offer. No resumé is required. — Just This!!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Take a Seat. God has the best cushions!!
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Introduction: For hundreds of years many Christian traditions have read passages of scripture using a tool called a lectionary. This Advent season our devotional team decided to resource you with selections from the Revised Common Lectionary. You will encounter texts from the Psalms, the Prophets, and the New Testament as well as formal prayers. Each text has been selected to build anticipation for the commmmmmmmmmLight of the World – amid the dark, cold days of winter. Reflect on the first coming of Christ while yearning for his second coming.
Note. If you desire to read these passages in a different version of the Bible, this link will provide all the readings for week 4 in Bible Gateway where you may also choose other versions of these passages.)
“Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith — to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”
There are those words and actions that come at the end of things. I went to a high school basketball game tonight, and at the end of the fourth quarter, the horn sounded and the game was over. We won!! Hallelujah!! But if we are not careful, that word “Amen” can be just like the horn. At dinner, the Amen at the end of the prayer signals it is time to eat. At church, the Amen of the benediction can often be followed by families rushing to beat each other to a favorite restaurant for Sunday dinner. Too easily, the significance of the word Amen can be lost in the rush. Outside of the gospels themselves, I am not sure there is a more impactful book in the Bible than the Book of Romans. And how does it end? “Amen”. Which means “SO BE IT”!! As we move into a new calendar year, I will seek to make those wonderful truths of Romans evident in my life. How about you?
“So Be It“ (-B