Let us draw near with confidence to God’s throne of grace that we may received mercy and can find grace in our times of need. Just know we can’t do it without faith. Without faith, it is impossible to experience the rest of God. Will you open your heart in faith today?
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:1-11, 16
If we go to the end of Hebrews 4, we see the point of entering the rest of God. Let us draw near with confidence to his throne of grace that we may received mercy and can find grace in our times of need. That’s the rest of God, folks. That’s the life of the child of God who follows Jesus and has the Spirit of God dwelling within them.
We are encouraged to have a healthy dose of reverence as we contemplate the rest of God. Even though it is offered to us, still we are at risk of not attaining it. What’s the secret? It is not enough to have the word of God preached to us and nothing else.
That’s where those in Israel who did not enter the Promised Land of God fell short. They heard the word of God, passed on to them by Moses, yet they did not unite that word of God with faith. We see later in Hebrews this defining statement of relationship with God: Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
Without faith, it is impossible to experience the rest of God. Without faith, it is impossible to approach the throne of grace with confidence. Without faith, it is impossible to receive mercy from God and find grace in our time of need.
God responds to our faith.
I know people who know the word of God. Better than I know it. And still they fall short of the rest of God. They don’t experience, on a daily basis, the comfort which God provides to his children. These people may even be assured of heaven – in other words, they have an underlying faith in the truth of Jesus as their saviour.
Their faith isn’t active. It is not actively producing rest in their lives. They worry and spin and toil as we read about in Matthew 6, and they do not get to the place of blessed usefulness in God’s hands or the blessed position of daily peace in their hearts. Their faith in God is a struggle to hang on. That’s not what God intended for us…
Therefore, we see again, this call to have open and willing hearts in response to the call of God. As we hear the word of God, we are to not harden our hearts, but rather submit them in full faith that God has his promised rest for us.
Are you living in the daily rest of God? Do you experience the sabbath of God in which you know you do not have to work for deep relationship with your loving heavenly Father? When you hear his voice, open your heart and enter his rest in faith…