I admit that word “rest” means a lot more to me now than it did when I was a teenager. Back then, I could stay up all night and not think a thing about it. Now though, I notice myself beginning to fade around 9:00 pm, and I’m definitely a “gonner” by 11:00 pm. So when I hear the word rest, my ears perk up.
Most of us tend to equate rest with taking time off of work, sleeping in late in the morning, taking a vacation at the beach, or maybe taking an afternoon nap. True rest, though, is not found in vacations, hobbies or time off, but in Jesus. He is our rest!
That truth is clearly seen in Hebrews chapter four. After writing about Israel’s inability to enter into the rest that God offered them in the land of Canaan, Hebrew’s author challenges us, the readers, to enter into God’s rest – Let us therefore be diligent to enter into that rest (4:11).
Surprisingly, the admonition that God gives to rest is based upon two very familiar verses that we do not associate with spiritual rest.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Hebrews 4:16 – So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Yes, as Hebrews four states, there is a rest that remains for God’s people. The best way to experience it, though, is not to plop down in your most comfortable chair and grab the TV remote. No, the two activities that produce the most leisure and stress reduction are prayer and Bible study. So, as your mother used to say… “Get some rest!”