Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. For we had the good news proclaimed to us just as they did but the message they heard did them no good since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith. For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my anger, ‘ They will never enter my rest!'” And yet God’s works were accomplished from the foundation of the world – Heb 4:1-3 (NET). Those who have believed in God can enter the rest.
What is this rest? To believe and wait for God’s time as God has promised. In the depth of heart as God has told He will fulfill. God has a perfect time. If I lack faith, I will be restless and anxious. In my restlessness, I should not do those things which I should not do. Need to wait for God’s Time.
For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: ” And God rested on the seventh day from all his works,” but to repeat the text cited earlier: ” They will never enter my rest! ” Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience. So God again ordains a certain day, “Today,” speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, ” O, that today you would listen as he speaks! Do not harden your hearts” – Heb 4:4-7 (NET)
We hear God’s word but we disobey. Because of disobedience, we cannot enter.
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken afterward about another day. Consequently, a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience – Heb 4:8-11 (NET). God has kept for us a sabbath rest, it is not a hollow promise.
Rest is not being lazy but it recognizes God. Learn to trust God and understand that God is our provider, God is My heavenly Father. There should be no trace of anxiety in my heart. He is looking at us as we are children of God. Ask God to give the grace to depend on the rest of God (Sabbath rest). The one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works. We need to stop our own works. Peter after Jesus’ crucifixion and rising got back to fishing, he toiled all night but did not catch any fish. By the seventh day, God finished the work that he had been doing and he ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing – Gen 2:2 (NET).
God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he ceased all the work that he had been doing in creation – Gen 2:3 (NET).
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest – Matt 11:28 (NET). Daniel was in God’s rest in the Lion’s Den: My God sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him nor have I done any harm to you, O king” – Dan 6:22 (NET). Daniel’s friends also found God’s rest. On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison – Acts 12:6 (NET). In spite of the circumstance, he could sleep. Rest does not mean that we are unaware of the circumstances. Daniel and Peter were aware of the circumstance. God helps us that we enter into the rest God has kept for us.
God’s rest is freedom according to his grace We can see in the life of Jesus. For forty years I was continually disgusted with that generation, and I said, ‘These people desire to go astray; they do not obey my commands.’ So I made a vow in my anger, ‘They will never enter into the resting place I had set aside for them'” – Ps 95:10-11 (NET)
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. – Heb 4:12 (NET). Do our actions reveal the glory of God? We need to walk in the way of Jesus. We need to receive all the blessings.
Num 13:25 (NET) They returned from investigating the land after forty days. Joshua and Caleb could enter the promised land. Forty days 10 people were talking about the giants. Joshua and Caleb were talking about the power of God and the wonderful work of God. Do I see the power of God in my temptation or give up and get defeated? My heart needs to trust in God. See to it, brothers and sisters that none of you has an evil unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. – Heb 3:12 (NET). An unbelieving heart can take me away from God. Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience – Heb 4:11 (NET). For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart – Heb 4:12 (NET). It is able to judge the intention of my thinking whether it is good or evil. I need to be open and naked before God, He knows everything. For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help – Heb 4:15-16 (NET). We can go to the throne of grace when we sin and when we are tempted to sin. We can run to God for grace at the time of need.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials. Mummy was sick as a family we thought that she will not survive. Sometimes we feel defeated. Thank God he revived me. I could encourage the family to say God is on the throne. God has appointed time nothing will happen till God’s appointment. Thank God for control and assurance. When Saul and all the Israelites heard these words of the Philistine, they were upset and very afraid – 1 Sam 17:11 (NET) in the family all were afraid. Can I stand like David and say who’s this giant? David said to Saul, “Don’t let anyone be discouraged. Your servant will go and fight this Philistine!” – 1 Sam 17:32 (NET). David strapped on his sword over his fighting attire and tried to walk around, but he was not used to them. David said to Saul, “I can’t walk in these things, for I’m not used to them.” So, David removed them – 1 Sam 17:39 (NET). David had the armor of God. He trusted God that He will give victory. David prevailed over the Philistine with just the sling and the stone. He struck down the Philistine and killed him – 1 Sam 17:50 (NET). David did not even have a sword in his hand. David did in the Lord’s name. Faith in heart I can face giant, need to trust in God, He is bigger than the Giant.
The God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus is with you – Rom 16:20 (NET). Our God is bigger than the giants.