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“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
oh how i want to rest! and yet, it seems to be the very hardest thing for me to do! “what do you mean i don’t have to do anything? how can this be? i mean, if i’m not striving, working, earning something, aren’t i just a slacker taking advantage of grace?”
but as hard as this is for me to wrap my mind around, if i’m NOT resting, i’m denying the grace of God. i’m refusing God’s promise that His grace, Christ’s death is sufficient to save me from my sin and perfect me every day (see Galatians 3 and 5 or my previous post). This is unbelief! I’m refusing to believe that God is telling me the truth about his rest.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Ray Stedman explains this for us very well. you can read his whole commentary on the book of Hebrews for free here. Here’s a quote from it (all emphasis mine):
Moses was just a servant, but Jesus was the master. Moses led the people of God out of Egypt towards the land of Canaan, which was the symbol of the rest of God—the rest which God wants people to learn to live on inside their hearts…Jesus leads into the actual place of rest.
That rest is defined for us here in chapter 4. It says,
“whoever enters God’s rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his.” (Heb. 4:10)
That is, if you stop depending upon yourself and your self-effort, you have learned to enter into rest, because you start depending upon another—God’s work in you. That is the lost secret of humanity. That is the secret that Adam and Eve lost in the Garden of Eden, and which Jesus Christ came to restore to us. When we learn to operate on that, we learn to be perfectly peaceful, calm, undisturbed by circumstances, trusting, powerful, effective, accomplishing things for Christ’s sake. And that is rest…Therefore, he says, “let us strive to enter that rest” (vs. 11), lest like those people in the wilderness, we fall away and lose out on what God has for us.
i’m hanging on to God’s promise that he has rest for me, that he has already done it all, and that i am already victorious because of Christ’s death. he says i am more than a conqueror! (romans 8) and i am going to believe that with all i’ve got! that’s an anchor to hold me fast even in the storms and raging seas of life.
just be loved. just rest.