Hebrews 3: Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
“Entering God’s rest” means that through faith in Jesus, we know that our sins are forgiven and that heaven is ours. We have entered entered into a relationship of peace with our God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. What destroys that relationship is not the sins we commit every day. If that were the case, we would never know peace. What destroys that relationship is unbelief.
The writer to the Hebrews gives us the example of the children of Israel in the wilderness. What were the sins they were guilty of? They complained about the food God gave them from heaven. They longed for the leeks and vegetables of Egypt. They complained the leadership of Moses and Aaron. They came to the promised land and refused to enter because they were afraid of the Canaanites. These sins they committed were the symptoms of their greater sin, that of unbelief and rebellion against God. So God did not permit them to enter the promised land and they died in the wilderness for their rebellion against him.
Do I complain about my life’s circumstances? Yes, too often. Do I think that I know better than God what is best for my life? My stubborn pride always wants to choose my own path. Do I sin against God even though I know that I should not? Yes, because my sinful nature is a rebel at heart.
But I do believe. And my prayer every day is, “Lord, help me overcome my unbelief!” Which means that even though I struggle against sin every day, every morning my spirit rejoices in knowing that God’s mercies are new every morning. Every evening my soul can rest in the peace of knowing my sins have been and are eternally forgiven. In the midst of my struggles and the chaos of this life, my soul finds rest in Jesus alone. Prayer: Lord Jesus, I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief! Every day, dear Savior, I struggle against the sins of my sinful flesh. My prayer is that my sins would never overwhelm me or destroy the faith that I have in my heart. Let my faith grow stronger each day so that I may find my rest in you alone. I ask this in your name. Amen.