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Rest for the Weary (Hebrews 4)

February 26, 2013 by Pito

By His death on the cross and by His resurrection from the dead, Jesus brought rest to His people. The author of Hebrews recognized that some in the church were not resting because they were not believing. God promised the Old Testament saints in the wilderness that because of their unbelief, they would not enter into His rest. He promises New Testament saints the same.

Have you found your rest in Jesus? Is your soul at peace or are you anxious, distracted, feeling guilty or full of shame? Our fragmented and frantic culture would mold us into its image, but Christ has come to break that mold and to make us into His image. May we crush our idols of comfort and impatience, for we have been delivered from that bondage. Jesus says,

“Come unto me all you that are weak and heavy laden, and you will find rest for your souls. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly, and you will find rest for your souls.”

In a divine twist of wisdom, we are commanded to be diligent to enter into that rest. What can this mean? We have to work to rest?  Yes—God deals with His people by means of a covenant. Therefore, when we live under Him in a covenant fashion we are living in the way that He made us to live. This does not work because “it makes sense to us;” it works because this is how God made us.

We find our rest in the grace of our Lord Jesus who loved us and gave Himself for us. He has brought us through the changes and challenges of life to wait at His table. He has opened the door of access to His presence, giving us His sacrament as a means of grace. We repent of all that has made our lives so bereft of rest, our darkened sky, our enslaved wills, our lust for comfort. Kneeling at the Cross we wait, humbly invoking His blessing on our thankful hearts. Lord, we believe, help our unbelief.

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