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Jon McHatton

The "Rest" of the Story

Posted by: Jon McHatton

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One of the things that I have enjoyed is a good mystery.  Whether in book or video, I enjoy the process of analyzing the facts and then putting them together to see if I am correct in my hypothesis of who "dunnit."  I am known for being quite good and discerning the villain early on in the story.   There are a few protocols to being good at this.

One:  You listen very carefully to what is and is not being said. 

Two:  You watch or look for a hidden story line within the story.

Three:  Never think what you are hearing or seeing is the full story.

I wonder if this is an ability that God placed in us and not just a meaningless way to pass the time?  I wonder if He has given to His children abilities to understand and discern beyond what we know?  I wonder if what He says in Joel 2 about prophesy, visions and dreams is greatly needed for such a time as this?  I wonder if this is what Jesus meant in Mark 4:9And He said, He who has ears to hear, let him be hearing [and let him [a]consider, and comprehend].

 The story goes on;   10And as soon as He was alone, those who were around Him, with the Twelve [apostles], began to ask Him about the parables.

11And He said to them, To you has been entrusted the mystery of the kingdom of God [that is, [b]the secret counsels of God which are hidden from the ungodly]; but for those outside [[c]of our circle] everything becomes a parable... (AMP)

This tells me that God desires to reveal the mystery or the "story within the story!"  The events of the day will continue to produce an unknowing restlessness within our world, but not so for the people who will listen very carefully to His voice, always look for the real story based upon the truth of His Word and never believe that the story coming from human perception and reporting is the full story.

Maybe as we focus on His full and complete message in the gospels, the story of Jesus,  we will better understand, prepare, respond and enter in to His rest;

11Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].

    12For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [g]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

...for such a time as this.

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