STRIVE TO ENTER THAT “REST”


“…again he sets a certain day, ‘Today,’ saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, ‘Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’ For if Joshua had given them rest (αὐτοὺς κατέπαυσεν), God would not speak later of another day. So then, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God; for whoever enters God’s rest (εἰς τὴν κατάπαυσιν αὐτοῦ) also ceases from his labors as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebr 4: 7-12)


The author of Hebrews calls us to strive to enter “that rest.” Which rest? God’s rest, which the Old-Testament sabbath signified, but which was made accessible to us in Christ. In communion with God’s only-begotten Son, in the flesh, I am given to share in the kind of “rest” from “my” labors, which is essential for me to be truly productive. Outside of Him, in self-reliance, I never truly rest, even if I were to sleep all day. (Especially if I were to sleep all day. ☺)


So let me surrender to God this morning in some heartfelt prayer, and let Him into my day. Let me hear His voice “today,” and “not harden my heart”: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden,” the Lord calls me today, “and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mt 11: 28-30)

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