“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. 2 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…. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:1-2,9-10
The writer of Hebrews teaches us in regards to rest. I googled the word, “rest” and here is the definition that touches the many aspects of rest as pertinent to our discussion:
a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities
freedom from activity or labor, a state of motionlessness or inactivity
repose of death
a place for resting or lodging
peace of mind or spirit
free of anxieties
We can look at the above definitions through the Word and Spirit and realize that there is spiritual meaning. So let me ask you, are you in need of rest? When you look at the definition, what is your need? Are you so busy that a ceasing of activity would just be a flat out blessing, no questions ask? Is the thought of dying just more than you can stand? You know, I don’t want to talk about it and you certainly cannot attend a funeral? Perhaps you are suffering from anxiety, the weight of the world is resting on you? What in the world is happening, we are certainly spiraling downward, when will it ever stop? Is life just overwhelming and it feels like your circumstances are just hopeless? Are there hidden tears and silent fears? Are you saying to yourself, peace, I just need peace, I need for my mind to just shut down, it is beating me to death?
The good news is: God has the answer. He assures us in Hebrews 4:1, “the promise of entering His rest still stands.” It doesn’t matter what type rest you are in need of…whether it is the rest from the fear of death, rest from the toils of this world, rest for your mind and soul, even rest from fear. God has the answer and it is in Him alone. In fact, in these Scriptures the Lord us to fear is not entering His rest (verse 1, “let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.“
How do we enter His rest irregardless of the need, whether it is salvation, peace, strength, joy, etc.? It is entered into by faith and faith alone.
“But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The rest of salvation which brings with it the rest from the rest. 🙂 Verse 12, “bestowing His riches on all who call on Him.”