“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11
As most people know, God created our bodies to get tired; we have a need to rest. It feels great to get a good night’s rest, then to wake up feeling refreshed after a hard day’s work the day before. If we were to work for days without stopping to sleep, eventually we would not be able to function properly. God has also placed in every person a longing for a “rest” in his or her heart. The world today is filled with people endeavoring to satisfy that desire, that rest but most, are going to the wrong source.
Some, try drugs alcohol or immorality; others go to seeking wealth (money, bling,etc), still others can’t leave fashion, electronics, pleasures, even sports alone….. and many, wrap their lives around politics. But a person who gives to these pursuits will only compound their problems. These cannot ever satisfy; we would only come up needing more and what we perceive to be something different from these and other desires. The unsatisfied quest sought for daily!
They, are left with the same hollow feeling as before, because the inner desire of one’s heart will NEVER be truly satisfied with anything this world offers.
Today’s key verse (see above) admonishes us to “…labour therefore to enter into that rest…” Normally it takes little effort to engage in physical rest, but here we have a “rest” that requires much effort to gain and diligence to maintain.
This “rest” is for the soul and it comes at a price. You must “want” this rest more than anything you own or ever hope to possess. It demands our all! In natural life, we rest by sleeping and taking breaks. But in true Christianity, the true seeking and finding of the One and ONLY true God, we dare not take breaks, lest we fall by the wayside chasing some other worldly path.
So how do we find this “rest?” In Matthew 11:28 (KJV) Jesus (the Son of God) gave this beautiful invitation: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The ONLY way for your inner longing to be perfectly satisfied is by coming to Jesus and surrendering your life to Him; stop seeking your own way. Only then will you find that “rest” that our souls desperately need. May we do this today and continue through this new week coming, to enter into this rest and maybe bring someone with us. Others around us need a good rest as well. 🙂
James 1:2 “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Hebrews 4:8 “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.”