EMBRACING GOD’S PROMISED REST
BIRTH-RIGHT: My child…I have prepared a promised rest for you. No matter what storms of life may be raging…a fierce tempest, whipping the waves into a tumultuous, churning, turmoil…beneath the surface, in the depths of God, all is peaceful and calm, all is tranquil and unruffled. In the shadow of the Almighty, you will find an unruffled child-like rest for your soul. [Father God…Psalm 91]
EXHORTATION: When God swore in His wrath and indignation, “They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest”…of whom was He speaking? Of those whom Moses led out of Egypt and rebelled. We see, then, that they were not able to enter the land, because they did not believe. God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because of their unbelief. So God set another time for entering His rest, and that time is Today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear His voice, don’t harden your hearts.” There is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. So let us, then, do our best to receive that rest, so that no one of us will fail as they did because of their lack of faith. [Heb 3:16-19; 4:6-7, 9, 11]
ENCOURAGEMENT: Wherefore brethren, having now boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by the way which He dedicated for us…a new and living way to God through the veil, that is to say, through the veil of His flesh…let us then without further hesitation or delay draw nigh in fullness of faith; here let us continually abide in the fullness of faith. [Heb 10:19-20, 22] Those who abide in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. [PS 91:1]
PICTURE: Jesus and His disciples were in their boat, heading across to the other side of the lake. Suddenly, a strong wind blew up, and the waves began to spill over into the boat, so that it was about to fill with water. Jesus was in the back of the boat, sleeping with His head on a pillow. The disciples woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are about to die?” Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” And He said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?” [Mark 4:35-40 TEV]
God’s Eternal Purpose: I made you for Myself.
God’s Eternal Promise: His Promised Rest our birth-right.
God’s Eternal Provision:
- Gift of His Son: He opened the way through His Blood.
- Gift of His Holy Spirit: He enables us to enter in through His Power.