His rest begins the moment we believe in Him!
In the Book of Hebrews, chapters 3 and 4 we read about ‘God’s rest’. What does that mean? We can understand earthly rest. When we get tired from our daily affairs, we can sit down, or take a nap, we rest. But, this kind of rest depends on earthly circumstances. Are the kids bothering you? Is someone playing music too loud? God’s rest is something quite different. Jesus said, “Peace, I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you the peace as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14: 27) The ‘rest’ the Bible tells us is the rest that comes from trusting in the Lord. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 6-7)
In Hebrews 3, the author talks of the people of the Exodus and declares that they were never able to enter God’s rest. Why? “So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.” (Hebrews 3: 19) In the next chapter the author of Hebrews points out that we also have heard the Good News. We need to combine this knowledge with faith. “Now we who have believed enter that rest…” (Hebrews 4: 3) Notice the present tense of the verb. We ‘enter that rest’ immediately, the moment we believe!! Throughout these two chapters, the author frequently refers to ‘today’. “Today if you hear My voice do not harden your hearts.” I wonder if we sometimes neglect that sense of urgency when we are witnessing to nonbelievers. It is time NOW to enter God’s rest. Stop just thinking about it, get off the fence! Today! We either trust ourselves to save ourselves, or we trust God.
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-29)
About The Author
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.