It's Time to Rest
Ephesians 2:6 says God has “raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” And in Hebrews 3 and 4, we are commanded to enter God’s rest. The literal translation says we ought to be afraid of getting out of God’s rest.
Afraid of it? We haven’t even heard of it!
Religious doctrine has told us to get agitated, sorry, bawl, squall or beat the altar with our fist. Yet all the while, God’s Word is commanding us to enter into His rest…and then stay there.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that entering God’s rest has been the hardest thing for me to get hold of since I’ve been in the ministry, though I have done it more on a personal level. I have taken the Word, stood on it, believed God and entered into His rest when I’ve been faced with an attack of the devil, or the like.
But I’m seeing that God intends for us to rest over the whole thing, over every situation—particularly with all that we have facing us in this end time, this sliver of time.
When those hungry people came up to Jesus in Matthew 14:19-21, He didn’t fall on His face and start sobbing and kicking the dirt, saying, “Oh, God! Oh, God! I just don’t know what I’m going to do. There are 5,000 of them—and that’s just the men. We don’t have enough money. Besides, we’re out here in the middle of nowhere. And that thief I’ve got for a treasurer…”
No, Jesus just rested in God. He trusted and rested in His Father.
Today, as men and women of faith, our goal is to walk in the promises of God with such faith that, no matter what challenge or need comes our way, we do just like Jesus did when that multitude came to Him: We just smile and say, “Bring the loaves and fish here to me.”
Then we take our seed, look to God, give thanks for it, bless it, break it and expect the abundance. Then we just rest. We are living in the last little sliver of time, a time of great harvest, a time when we can laugh, and a time when we can rest.
Speak the Word
I believe, therefore I have entered into rest. (Hebrews 4:3)
Heiligschriftstudium: Psalm 37:7; Hebrews 3-4