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Entering Into Rest

Weekly Devotionals

Entering Into Rest

For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses?… And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrews 3:14-19

Lately, I find myself so busy that it’s a little overwhelming. Aside from day-to-day worries, there are always worries for the future, i.e. career, marriage, etc. If we don’t guard our hearts and minds, it’s easy to find ourselves in a place consumed with fear and anxiety. Often in the moment, our noses are pressed up against the great canvas that it becomes impossible for us to the see the whole painting.

In the wilderness the Israelites began to complain. They took matters into their own hands. They worshipped idols. As a result of their disobedience and unbelief they were unable to enter into the promised land. The promised land was more than just a physical entrance into Canaan. It was a spiritual reality. It was a ceasing from one’s own work, and trusting in the work of the Lord.

If we are honest with ourselves, we are not much different from the Israelites. Our fears and worries rooted in unbelief is what often determines how we choose to live our lives. Today, the call to rest still stands but how do we enter into this rest? The word is clear: We must have faith. First, we must have the faith to believe in the redeeming work of Christ. Second, we must have the faith to trust in God for who He is and what He is doing.

Practically speaking, how can we apply this to our lives? Maybe it simply means waking up each morning and praying, “Lord, TODAY I choose to trust you.” Sometimes we get so caught up in the future that we forget to trust God in the present. And in the midst of our busyness, hardships, and pain as we learn to rest in the Lord we find that He begins to pull our noses away from the canvas and positions us so that we might get a greater glimpse of the masterful work that He has laid before the foundation of the world.

Have a WONDERFUL week everyone! 🙂