Rest, God is Working It Out for Your Good
There is a place promised by God that He has already prepared for us, and that place is called Rest. It is the Promised Land for believers today. Just as Canaan was the physical Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey, for the Israelites who came out of Egypt, Rest is our spiritual Promised Land, overflowing with abundance, today. Hebrews 4:5 tells us there remains a rest for the people of God, so we should be cautious, careful and fearful not to miss it (Hebrews 4:1). Let’s get busy listening and taking heed to what the Word says, so that we will not get a hardened heart (evil heart, Hebrews 3:12-13) and fall into unbelief like the Israelites did, not mixing faith with what they heard (Hebrews 4:2). Rest is God’s way (Hebrews 3:10) – not worry, strife or unbelief. Let the preached Word be of profit to you. Mix your faith with it!
Rest is God’s Way. The world is in a rat race. The hustle and bustle -- work, social media, texts, emails, phone calls -- keeps people running around like decapitated chickens. God’s way is rest. God wants us to trust in and believe Him for everything. If God’s work is finished -- and it is -- then our work is finished. As Jesus is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). In Genesis 2:1-3, the bible says, the heavens and the earth were finished and on the seventh day, God ended His work and He rested. God rested on the seventh day, not because He was tired; but, because His work was finished. God wants us to rest – to trust, have confidence and have faith in Him – and cease from our own works (Hebrews 4:10), strife, stress, worry, frustration, anxiety. God doesn’t want you to worry or try to fix a situation; He wants you to rest – trust, have confidence and faith in Him that He has already taken care of it – everything, every time, every situation in every area of our lives.
Labor (trust God, believe God for everything) to Enter Into Rest. Father God wants us to settle in our minds that He has already taken care of everything in our lives. Let’s believe that and enter into rest. This rest (Promised Land) remains (Hebrews 4:9); it’s still available, so let’s not miss it like the Israelites did. Hebrews 4:2 says, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them; but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Pastor Hill said, “Frustration is not grace; stress is not grace.” We have to avoid people and situations that lead to stress and frustration. Isaiah 53:5 says Jesus was chastised so that we could have peace – well-being, health, rest, shalom.
It Pleases God for You to Enjoy the Work He Has Finished. According to Matthew 6:26, God takes care of even the birds, and we are more important to Him than birds. Pastor Hill encourages us to get busy listening to what the Word says, so that we will not get a hardened (evil, Hebrews 3:12-13) heart of unbelief like the Israelites did. When Jesus was on His way to heal Jairus’ daughter in Matthew 9:18-26, He was in no hurry. In fact, He stopped and helped the woman with the issue of blood. Jesus knew and had confidence that His Heavenly Father was in control and had already taken care of that situation, so He did not have to rush. We, too, must have confidence in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, knowing He has finished His work on the cross, meaning He has already taken care of everything that concerns us. Our Heavenly Father is behind the scenes working everything out for our good.
REST = Resist Engaging Stressful Trouble / REST = Rely Entirely (on) Saving Truth
Think It, Believe It, Say It, Possess It: Thank You Father God that You love us so much that You want us to rest in the finished works of Your Son and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest is Your idea; it is Your way. I understand You want me to labor -- to trust, have confidence and believe You for everything – to enter that rest. As of this moment, I cease from my own efforts, my way of doing things. I thank You for working out everything that concerns me for my good, in Jesus’ name. Amen.