We are living in a world of unrest on many levels … political, social, emotional, physical, and even in nature. The daily news is filled with reports of tragedy and turmoil at home and abroad, yet “there remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9, NKJV). Even when others are in chaos, Christians can live with a deep sense of inner peace and confident assurance in God.
Experiencing this type of rest doesn’t come naturally though; we must seek the Lord for His supernatural rest. The writer of the book of Hebrews put it this way: “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest” (4:11). In the original Greek writing of this verse, the word translated as “be diligent” is the verb “spoudazo.” This verb means to go after something very aggressively by striving with every fiber of your being.
It’s interesting that it takes that degree of fight to enter a place of rest, but it’s the truth. With so much turmoil around the world, we must be intentional to maintain a sense of peace. But we can still enjoy God’s rest if we follow several keys revealed in the fourth chapter of Hebrews.
First of all, we must cling to the word of God. It is no coincidence that after the writer of Hebrews exhorted believers to “be diligent” to enter God’s rest, he immediately declared, “For the word of God is living and powerful” (v. 12). Yes, God’s word is such a powerful weapon against unrest! When you read Bible scriptures, treasure them as God’s words directly to you.
Secondly, we must live by a higher standard by being accountable to God. The writer of Hebrews continued, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (v. 13, NIV). When we live with a sense of accountability to God, it completely changes our outlook. We become mindful of eternity so that we’re not moved by the ups and downs of daily life.
Thirdly, we need to confess our faith in God. “Since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess” (Hebrews 4:14). It’s one thing to listen to God’s word, but it’s another thing to believe and obey His word. Only through faith-filled obedience will we experience His rest.
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt toward their promised land, many of them never entered the land due to their unbelief. Though they were right on the brink of the land God promised, they were intimidated by the giants living there and did not obey God’s command to possess it. In the same way, you may be right on the brink of receiving God’s tremendous blessing, but you have to move forward in faith, not shrink back in fear. “Only we who believe can enter his rest” (Hebrews 4:3, NLT).
Finally, to enter God’s rest, we must come to Jesus for help. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Hebrews 4:16). We must humble ourselves enough to admit we need help, and come often to God’s throne of grace to be empowered with His supernatural ability.
Indeed, “the promise of entering His rest still remains and is freely offered today” (Hebrews 4:1, AMP). Let us all receive God’s promise and enter His rest.