Hebrews 4: Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
The example of the children of Israel is both a warning and an encouragement. God was angry with them and they did not enter God’s rest because they did not believe the gospel promises God gave them. He promised to bring them into Canaan and to bless them. With those promises was always the promise of a Savior and the promise of eternal life through him. But when they came to the land of Canaan, they refused to believe God’s promise. They wanted to go back to Egypt. So God made them wander in the desert for forty years. The warning? Be careful that we do not fall into unbelief so that the message of the gospel has no value to us!
The encouragement to us is that the promise of his rest still stands, and through faith in Jesus we have entered that rest. That promise of rest includes heaven, but we enjoy that rest already here on earth through faith. When I wake in the middle of the night and Satan accuses me of sins long past committed, I think of Jesus and his forgiveness and my heart is at peace. When the worries of tomorrow wake me, I think of what Jesus said that my Father in heaven knows every sparrow that falls to the ground and I am worth more than many sparrows. Then I have no fear for tomorrow. Satan calls me a sinner and accuses my conscience, but God calls me one of his holy one, a saint, because I am clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. What peace we have in Christ!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for putting my heart at rest in you. Yesterday is gone and I live in your grace and forgiveness. Tomorrow has no fears that can make me tremble as long as you are with me. Today, dear Savior, today my heart is at rest in you! Amen.