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When I think of entering in to rest, an environment like the one pictured above comes to my mind. Tiburon, California; a place where my husband Greg and I got engaged many years ago.
My body and flesh long for a season of rest. A time to sit and reflect. And it would be preferable if this time included something with a view of the water.
There is a promise for believers to enter in to the rest of God. It is a present REST.
Hebrews 4: 1-3 says:
"Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest ..."
Who were the people who had fallen short because they didn't combine it with faith? It was the Israelites who had the faith to believe and leave Egypt with Moses. But they didn't have the faith to enter the Promised Land because of unbelief. Fear got the best of them, except for Joshua and Caleb. So they stayed in the Wilderness for forty years.
God is calling us to enter His rest NOW. Yes, I know that one day when I die I will be in heaven. But what about today? I had the faith to believe the Gospel message of salvation. Jesus died for my sins and paid the penalty so I can be in a right relationship with God.
But in the meantime, life is hard. As I continue to study Hebrews, I long to truly enter His rest NOW.
- Instead of working in my own strength, I chose to trust Jesus to work in me and through me.
- Instead of looking at all the giants in my life, I focus on Jesus who works all things together for my good.
- Instead of being fearful, I believe the promises of God.
Sometimes believing can be hard. If you've had disappointments in life or people have let you down, it can be easy to be distrustful.
But God is different.
He is trustworthy.
He is faithful.
He is sufficient.
I do not want to harden my heart. I want to have faith to believe and to trust God. I want to enter in to the rest of God. I want to submit my will to His Will. As His Word speaks to my heart, I choose to believe.
I'm jamming with Bonnie of Faith Barista on the topic of FAITH.
Blessings and love,