Not Resting: Disobedience
According to Hebrews 4:6, 11 we are disobedient when we do not rest in what He has provided for us. God rested on the seventh day after He finished six days of creation. He designed us so we could follow His example.
Verse 6 says of those who did not rest, “…those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience.” Verse 11 says, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”
What does resting mean for us? Hebrews 4:10 says, “For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” Ceased. The best way I know to cease from all my work, is to go into the secret place of the Most High.
As I read verse 11 this time, “…lest we fall…” caught my attention. Before I fell into the ravine (1977) I was always on the go. I purposely kept myself busy serving others so I didn’t have time to think. I even had the radio plugged in. When I walked in the front door I could flip the switch and my house was filled with noise to drown out my thoughts.
However, that all came to an abrupt halt. It was through my fall that the Lord taught me how to rest in Him. He wooed me into intimate communion. He taught me to listen to His heart beat and abide in His love.
We enter into His nature through resting in Who He is at all times. 2 Peter 1: 3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him…” Verse 4 says that we share in His nature through His promises.
He shares His secrets with those who have a heart to hear them. Job 26:14 says, “Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him!…” I don’t want to miss one of His whispered words.
When I read Isaiah 58 this last time, I was challenged by verses 13-14. What do I do that is resting on His appointed day of rest? Verse 13 says, “…and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure…”