Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.
For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
“As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest,’”
although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this passage he said,
“They shall not enter my rest.”
Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
Do you have a tough time leaving work behind? I find that I am so susceptible to the phrase “we are what we do” instead of we are because of what Jesus has done.
I admit, I listen to the lies of the enemy and buy its fiction that what I do is never enough.
I don’t pray enough, read the Bible enough, and don’t do enough. In short, I need to bite off more than I can chew!
Friends, we need a break.
We need to follow after God’s heart and God rests. He made us in image and he imaged for us in Genesis a life of creating good things and then resting on a Sabbath. Essentially he communicates: “do as I do”.
Here are a few things that I’ve uncovered lately:
- When we rest, we honor God and take a deep breath.
- Stopping is not the same as stillness.
- Logout of your email service on your smartphone.
- Hide the laptop for the weekend.
- Remove social media apps from your phone for the day (or weekend)
- Block out your calendar for rest (don’t double book yourself)
- Be still and know that God is God.
How do you rest?