Promised Rest

The new year has started and is not going to stop and wait for us to catch up. Time does not stand still for anyone - well, apart from Joshua and the children of Israel on one occasion that is recorded in Joshua 10.

Whatever your new year looks like, my hope and prayer for you is that 2019 is a year that you are able to find rest, able to intentionally put aside time to find that promise of rest.  However, it will not happen on its own, we need to be intentional about it.  I am looking forward to seeing what God has for each one of us this year.

Hebrews 4:1-3a says…Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest…

We know that a whole generation of the Children of Israel did not enter the promised land, they did not find the promise of rest, due to their disobedience.  However, there still remains a promise of rest today for those that believe.

A promise is a declaration, assurance, pledge, oath or guarantee that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen.

There are many, many promises from God in Scripture.  In each promise, God pledges that something will (or will not) be done or given or come to pass. These are not flippant, casual promises such as we often make; these promises of God are rock-solid, unequivocal commitments made by God Himself.

We have the promise of a future rest but also a rest that the Lord wants for us today.  I believe the Lord wants us to find rest in the here and now, but I must admit, this is not always an easy thing to do at times. And I am not just talking about a physical rest but a spiritual rest.

So what is rest as we look at it in the context of Hebrews 4?  Strong’s definition for rest in this passage is…an abode, a place to settle down.  An abode is a place where you live, a residence.

God wants us to find rest no matter where we are at.  No matter what situation or circumstance you are facing right now, may you find that promised rest and allow it to reside within you, the place where you live.

Adrian Olney