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The Key

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July 26, 2022 8:00 pm

The Key

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July 26, 2022 8:00 pm

In his classic book The Human Condition, Thomas Keating shares this memorable tale. A teacher, having lost the key to his home, is on his hands and knees searching through the grass. When his disciples see him searching, they join the hunt, but with no success. Finally, “one of the more intelligent disciples” asks, “Master, have you any idea where you might have lost the key?” Their teacher replies, “Of course. I lost it in the house.” When they exclaim, “Then why are we looking for it out here?” he answers, “Isn’t it obvious? There is more light here.”

We have lost the key to “intimacy with God, the experience of God’s loving presence,” Keating concludes. “Without that experience, nothing else quite works; with it, almost anything works.”  

How easy it is to forget that even in life’s ups and downs, God remains the key to our deepest longings. But when we’re ready to stop looking in all the wrong places, God is there, ready to show us true rest. In Matthew 11, Jesus praises the Father for revealing His ways, not to the “wise and learned,” but “to little children” (v. 25). Then He invites “all you who are weary and burdened” (v. 28) to come to Him for rest.

Like little children, we can find true rest as we learn the ways of our Teacher, who’s “gentle and humble in heart” (v. 29). God is there, eager to welcome us home.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread reading title was written by Monica LaRose in his classic book the human condition.

Thomas Keating shares this memorable tale teacher, having lost the key to his home is on his hands and knees, searching through the grass when his disciples see him searching, they join the hunt, but with no success. Finally, one of the more intelligent disciples asks master. Have you any idea where he might've lost the key there teacher replies.

Of course I lost it in the house when they exclaim why are we looking for it out here he answers is an obvious there's more like here. We have lost the key to intimacy with God. The experience of God's loving presence. Keating concludes without that experience, nothing else quite works with it. Almost anything works. How easy is it to forget that even in life's ups and downs, God remains the key to our deepest longings by when you're ready to stop looking in all the wrong places. God is there ready to show us true rest in Matthew 11 Jesus praises the father for revealing his ways not to the wise and learned, but to the little children. Then he invites all you who are weary and burdened to come to him for rest like little children can find true rest. As we learn the ways of our teacher, gentle and humble in heart, God is there eager to welcome us today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Matthew chapter 11 verses 25 through 29.

At that time Jesus said, I praise you father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes father for this is what you were pleased to do all things have been committed to me by my father. No one knows the son except the father and no one knows the father except the son and those to whom the son chooses to reveal him 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. Let's pray, letting God how easily we can be drawn to seek satisfaction. Whatever looks brightest, or wherever most people seem to be flocking help us to instead look deeper in turn to you to find true rest. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray.

Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Lisa Reisinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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