Promise of Rest Hebrews 4:1 #170
Rest is something that keeps coming up and something that I really feel like the Lord is speaking over me this year. Not physical rest, even though that is important, but God desires for his children to rest spiritually. Why is rest so important? Resting in the promises of Jesus displays a surrender of control. It gives you the opportunity to live in the freedom he paid for. He created rest and he desires for you to experience it.
I love so much about the book of Hebrews and I had to read Hebrews 4 in several different translations because it all offers so much truth. I decided to share Hebrews 4:1 from the Passion Translation, which says, “Now God has offered to us the same promise of entering into his realm of resting in confident faith. So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we all embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it.”
So how does one enter rest? By faith! God has offered us the same promise of rest as was offered to the Israelites. The only problem is “they didn’t join their faith with the Word and activate its power. Instead what they heard didn’t affect them deeply, for they doubted.” Hebrews 4:2. They didn’t activate or take hold of what was promised, but instead they doubted what God had for them.
But what about those who believe? “Faith activates the promise and we experience the realm of confident rest” Hebrews 4:3. Wow! Confident rest is activated by faith and is available to every follower of Jesus. Not just rest, but confident rest. There is no room for doubting, but rest in God should affect you deeply when you join your faith with the word of God.
Don’t let the difficulties you are going through overshadow God’s promises of rest. Learn to “embrace the fullness of the promise” and “rest in confident faith.”