Rest – wonderful rest!

Rev. Ed Fredrich July 20, 2020

Therefore, let us make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:11)

Rest comes in different forms. Before the pandemic, there were so many things I had to do and run to. It was great to look forward to going to work so that I could rest, or at least hope for a breather. Then, something came up at work, and bam—still no rest. Did that happen for you?

Then, the change came. Everything was closed. For some of us, even work was closed. You might be tempted to think that you are tired of rest. It would be good to go to work for something to do, and of course, you still have bills to pay and everyday expenses to cover. Now, you possibly have no income.

So, now, it might not be the hassle of running from this to that, but worries remain. Doesn’t it ever end?

In this section of Hebrews, the author is talking about the Sabbath Rest that God began at creation. He rested on the seventh day. He wanted that for his creation. But we know the story. It was lost. Even though God had formal rules for the people of Israel to follow, they couldn’t do it, either.

The Israelites’ going to the promised land was a picture of entering rest. But that entrance wasn’t the fulfillment of rest, either. In verse 8, we read, “For, if Joshua has given them rest, then God would not have spoken about another day.”

Hebrews continues: “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God rested from his work.”

The Scriptures point out that we can never supply our own rest. No matter how hard we try, we can’t find peace with God on our own for that true rest. The rest is supplied. God’s word declares the rest. It has the power to work the rest. Sins are forgiven, and heaven opens in Jesus.

Yes, true rest is possible. It is the gracious work of God. Yes, rest—wonderful rest.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for winning wonderful rest for me. When I get sidetracked by all of the things that disturb my rest, remind me of the victory that you have supplied. Fill my heart with the rest that only you can bring. Amen.