Hebrews 4:1-13 (ESV)
A Rest for the People of God
while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they
were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said,
“As I swore in
‘They shall not enter my rest,’ ”
although his works were finished from the
foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said,
“They shall not enter my rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains
for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest
for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit,
of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
God’s people missed rest in the Promised Land through their unbelief. This is a warning to us. God calls us to trust Him and to enter into the rest
that He has enjoyed since the completion of creation. In Christ Jesus, we have rest from the accusation of the Law. The Holy Spirit leads us to trust in Christ, granting us everlasting peace.
I pray: Lord Jesus, You are my rest. May I always look to You when I am weary and afraid. Amen.