It’s been a long day and now you’re at home looking forward to a restful evening. You might go out and work in the garden, throw in a load of wash, get dinner started, etc.
Americans are notorious for “working” while they rest. But is that really what the Lord is saying in Hebrews 4? Is God telling us to do nothing and become a couch potato? Certainly not!
When God rested from His work on the seventh day, it didn’t mean He was weary and tired. It meant that He had finished all He was going to do and everything was finished. Therefore, He rested from all His work because there was no more to be done!
So, what does that mean for us? It means that we have to get out of the way and let God do what He does best – use His power and ability on our behalf to answer our prayers. But, too much of the time we pray and then try to “help” God accomplish what only He can do. Remember, we have our part to do and God has His part. He won’t do ours, and we certainly can’t do His.
That’s what resting in the Lord is all about – using our faith to access the promises of God and then trusting in the promises. It really makes life so much easier!
And, by the way, it takes work and effort to trust God. We have to fight against the forces of evil that war to keep us sick, broke, and depressed when Jesus bought and paid for our complete deliverance! We need to resist the devil and his evil plans to thwart God’s blessings in our lives.
Stand your ground and see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
Hebrews 4:1-11 (KJV) 1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.