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Finally…some rest!

June 25, 2009

Its the end of a long day full of all kinds of duties and tasks that I would never consider including on my “bucket-list” and I am bagged. I am simply tired. I’m finding it hard to muster up the even the energy needed to get up from my chair and drag my feet into bed. I need rest…ugh.

Ever been there?

Its an all-too-common scenario for the average person no matter how well or how poorly we spend our time.

Rest is a common denominator that many of us could probably use just a little more of.

Hebrews 3:7 – 4:13 is an magnificent passage about the promised rest for the people of God, and I would encourage you to take a moment today and read it.

Rest. Ahhhh….sweet rest. Could you ever imagine the day when all work is done? All striving is ceased? The day when you see Jesus face-to-face and all that’s left is to spend eternity in the presence of God and his people! What a day that will be…when I die.

When I die, then I will be at rest. Do I really have to wait until I die?

Well, that’s one of the many cool things about God…the promised “Sabbath” rest of God for his people is for today…as well as when we die. Let me explain.

Picture the life of the Israelites. As they persevered through many years of journeying and fighting and struggling to get to the land of promise, they could have done one of two things. Either (1) they could hear God’s voice and remember his promises made to them, believing, trusting and obeying his voice alone, or (2) they could hear God’s voice and forget his promises made to them, believing, trusting and obeying a voice other than God’s (hardening their hearts). Those of the Israelites who chose to forget God’s salvation from Egypt, and refused to trust God died in the wilderness and never entered the rest that God had for them.

Here we stand. “Today, if you hear his voice…” Have you heard God’s voice? Have you heard of Salvation through Jesus Christ?

Maybe Jesus is new to you, maybe he is old news to you. Either way, “…do not harden your hearts.”

This is so important…if God has spoken to you, perk up your ears for more. Here is where entering the rest today comes in.

Do you want rest today? Hebrews 4:11 exhorts us to “strive to enter that rest”. It almost doesn’t make sense…striving for rest, but in God’s economy, it does.

Hebrews 4:3 says, “For we who have believed enter that rest…” That is to say that in order to enter the promised Sabbath rest of God today, the first thing you must do is believe in Jesus. And indeed, you will have rest today. 4:10 says, “for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” I cannot guarantee what that will look like for you or even for me, but it begins with trusting Jesus.

Even for those who’ve believed in Jesus for a long time, it is important to remember our salvation (like the Israelites being rescued out of Egypt) and renew our trust in him regularly. If you hear his voice and remember his promises made to you, believing, trusting and obeying his voice alone, you will enter rest today…and when you die.

Ahh rest…sweet rest.


He must increase, I must decrease. John 3:30

He must increase, I must decrease. John 3:30

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  1. July 7, 2009 8:37 am

    This is always a good reminder.

    “Today, if you hear his voice,do not harden your hearts.”

    Easy to say, sometimes so hard to do. It’s surprising that we are able to harden our hearts against God who is so powerful. But I guess that speaks to the freedom that he has given us.

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