It is a sobering thought to realize that by not resting we are being disobedient. The author of Hebrews tells us: “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” (Heb 4:11) We have to strive, to actually “work”, in order to experience rest. That sounds like a silly thought, but if we don’t pursue rest with vigor, we will fall into the temptation of staying active.
The author of Hebrews also tells us that Sabbath rest “remains” for God’s people. It is easy for us to look past the Old Testament and see the posture of God as “old news” in light of the New Covenant. The reality is, we are still offered Sabbath rest today. We are given the privilege of participating in the same type of rest that God himself participated in. Let us therefore, “strive to enter” God’s rest today.
So…..let’s be proactive about it. As we look at our day, let’s carve out time to be with God and God alone. As we head into the weekend, may we dare to take a break. There is life to be found! Resting in God will rejuvenate us like nothing else can!