In post 9-11-01 days something has happened in America … We have seemingly been changed by a single word, FEAR. If you are like I, you have heard much about fear since, and continue to see, read, and hear even more to ‘fear!’ But because there becomes so much to fear, we sort of just let it all just flow like waters under a bridge we stand upon. But like an observer standing on a bridge, one can keep looking downstream and feel no urge to act on what is seen.
Looking upstream can help our perspective immensely, however. If we look far enough, the future of the bridge can be predicted. And if we’re living on the bridge and NOT ever looking up– only down, we becomedeceived! And there are unpleasant consequences for that, my friends!
Today in some Bible reading, I came across a few words worthy of considering: “He Found No Place for Repentance”. This is from the exhorting author of Hebrews spoken in reference to Esau. It is really all about ‘attitudes of life taken as a rule’! He had great potential for he was born in a family of endless opportunity based on supernatural promises given, and furthermore was actually firstborn of the twins that day! So life could have ended with better comments regarding his life.
But his life did not end with the abundance intended for him! Scripture says he could not find something that he really needed badly: to repent. Folks, this word might be as scary as the word fear is to some of us. I’m convinced it is the reason Jesus implied we really need to pray, ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven .’ WE DON’T WANT TO REPENT. WE DON’T WANT TO DO GOD’S WILL. WE REALLY AREN’T AFRAID OF GOD’S IDEA OF THE FUTURE FOR MAN.
When Evil Acts Take Place God Gets Involved, Seen Immediately or Not.
ON THAT DAY America learned some awful things about humanity. Humans can act pretty bad. And knowledge today spreads quickly. So then does the fear spread quickly.
The overall result of that day (and, of course, other days like it both before and after) has brought two principle behaviors: (1)To ignore the warning made that day and let life go on for those who didn’t lose it. (2)To heed the warning by change that endures.
Some. Fearful. Words.
No place for repentance,
For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. (Hebrews 12:17 NKJV)
The Positive Point On Hebrews 6. By John P.
Be Diligent to Enter God’s Rest
“That’s the main point of the paragraph: Fear unbelief. In the last sentence of the paragraph he says the same thing in different words. Verse 11: “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience.” In other words, Israel fell from the promised joy of God because of the disobedience of unbelief. And the same thing can happen to any professing Christian. To keep it from happening—and to show that we are more than mere professing Christians—he says, “Be diligent to enter God’s rest”—God’s heaven. Be diligent! Pay close attention to what you’ve heard (2:1); don’t neglect your great salvation (2:3); consider Jesus (3:1); do not harden your hearts (3:8); take care against an unbelieving heart (3:12); exhort one another every day against the deceitfulness of sin (3:14); and FEAR the unbelief that will keep you from your promised rest (4:1).
Do you see the great lesson here? The Christian life is a life of day by day, hour by hour trust in the promises of God to help us and guide us and take care of us and forgive us and bring us into a future of holiness and joy that will satisfy our hearts infinitely more than if we forsake him and put our trust in ourselves or in the promises of this world. And that day by day, hour by hour trust in God’s promises is not automatic. It is the result of daily diligence and it’s the result of proper fear.
Do We Live in Constant Fear of Being Lost?
Now ponder this fear with me for a moment. You may be asking, “You mean the ideal Christian life is lived in constant fear of being lost?” Now be careful here, lest you ask that question to me as though it were my theology you doubt. It is Hebrews 4:1, written to “holy brethren” (3:1), that commands, “Therefore, let us fear . . . ” And Hebrews 4:1 is not unique in the New Testament. Jesus said in Luke 12:5, “Fear the One who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell.” Paul said in Philippians 2:13, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” He says in Romans 11:20, “You stand fast only through faith; so do not become conceited but fear.” — John Piper
Repentance is not something to fear, but rather embrace as one of the dearest friends we could make. David found this to be true in his life, and probably the result he died of natural causes in his earthly end.
It was his love for God that made him fear and repent and become blessed with a long life and receive an eternal inheritance and prodigy.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us. (I John 4:17-19 NKJV)
Embrace repentance today, Take love and arm yourself to cast fear away, and Warn others of the extreme consequences of rejecting God by refusing to repent!