rest and the heart

 

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And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient?  So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.”

Hebrews 3:18-19

i highly value rest, all kinds of rest, but today i want to share a little about rest as a position of the heart.  from this portion of scripture in hebrews it’s evident that the israelites wandering in the desert didn’t enter rest because they couldn’t grasp one simple concept. 

trust.

they had watched the Lord perform miraculous signs and wonders, seas parting, shoes not wearing out, no sickness, manna from heaven, yet they couldn’t grasp the concept that God had their next step.  and this is exactly what our faith requires.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

in order to enter true rest, we have to develop a trust that goes beyond what we see.  and we have this promise that he is taking us “from glory to glory”.  we love that verse, of course, and we should.  

yet this verse requires something of us.  it requires that we believe in the goodness of God beyond what we currently see.  if we are truly going to go to another level, and leave the desert we’ve been making circles around, we don’t need to “do” another good thing, we need to make sure we are believing the right things.

am i saying that we should just lay in bed and trust?

maybe.  but probably not. 

our beliefs will lead us into actions that are full of faith and peace, rather than anxiously doing thing after thing trying to reach our desires in our own strength.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

i pray that today our hearts will be full of peace as we trust in Him.  He is good, even when we cannot see.

He withholds no good thing my friends!

(Psalm 84:11)

happy monday!!

 

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