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The Rest of God
Once you turn your worry into trust, then you enter into the rest of God. There is no better place for the believer to dwell than in HIS REST.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he/she who has entered His rest has himself/herself also ceased from his/her works as God did from His. Hebrews 4.9-10
The Works Are Over
The works are over – we need to fully understand this scripture. Going back to the beginning of time, the Garden of Eden. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” For six days God worked creating every single thing that we know today: the sky, stars, clouds, soil, plants, trees, flowers, vines, herbs, rocks, rivers, oceans, creeks, fish, mammals, reptiles, insects, and mankind. Everything! That was a lot of work.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Genesis 2.2
God did it all – in creation, throughout time, in His Son, Jesus Christ. God has done all the work; He planned beforehand and then provided everything we need in order for us to enter His rest.
We Must Apply It
It is so elementary, so simple, but we want to make it difficult when we don’t apply it to our life.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4.11-16
Verse 15 states Jesus understands all of our weaknesses, He had the same temptations as we have. That tells me He was even tempted to worry! We’ve already learned that worrying is sin and this verse says He was tempted in all points yet did not sin. So, Jesus was not a worrier! Because He always went to the Father with His worries, His fears, His anxieties.
…casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5.7
Don’t we know He was anxious that night in Gethsemane? He sweat blood. And, prayed, “Not My will but Yours Father.” Talk about casting your care…
Psalm 91; Be a Dweller!
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91.1-2
That, my friend, is “living in God’s rest.”
Our prayer life will become RESTful when it really dawns on us that we have done all we are supposed to do when we have spoken to Him about it. From that moment we have left it with Him, it is His responsibility. -O.Hallesby (Psalm 66.19)