How To Open God’s Gift of Rest. Hebrews 4

From my reading in Hebrews 4 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Rest is hard for some of us.

We love to see things accomplished. We love to be busy. The writer of Hebrews gives us a strong warning to be sure that we are experiencing the rest that God wants to gives us.

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it.” Hebrews 4:1

Don’t miss out on the gift of rest.

The problem is that many of us don’t unwrap the gift.  God established the a weekly day of rest for our benefit.

“We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” Hebrews 4:4

God set an example for us by resting on the seventh day after the work of creating the world. We should enter the rest God has offered us.

God’s rest is available for all to enter.

“So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God.” Hebrews 4:6

Have you entered God’s rest? 

Most of us celebrate people who work so hard that they never rest, but not resting is equated to disobedience.

“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.” Hebrews 4:10–11

A failure to rest is a failure to obey.

I encourage you to work hard but remember to rest. God has offered us this rest as a gift and if you want to make it for the long haul then you have to learn to rest.

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