BLESSED REST

In Hebrews 4 it speaks of the precious rest that God has provided for His children. Even though it was all lovingly prepared for them, Israel could not enter into the enjoyment of that gift God has provided  because of their unbelief.

So what about us?

Hebrews also says that God’s “works were finished from the foundation of the world. And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”. (Emphasis mine)

I meditated on that, trying to determine what was included in ALL His works. I’m convinced that it was much more than the six days of creation. I believe that the history of His entire creation was determined in His planning “from the foundation of the world”. That included your life and every detail of what His plan was for your being on His earth at this particular time. In fact He had plans for you long before even that time, for in II Timothy it tells us God has saved you and called you with a holy calling, not according to your works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to you in Christ Jesus BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN. That’s how long He has known you!

So what does this have to do with a blessed rest?

When God completed any of His works, He “saw that it was good”. So His plans for your life, for our country, the nations of the world, and even for the universe are all good. They are in the process of being fulfilled this day. We look around us in dismay at things we see happening, but none of it is taking God by surprise. We are occupying our place in His plans for history, which He has in complete control, and we know from Scripture how it will all unfold.

So even though we take a stand against the evils around us, we are well able to enter into God’s rest for us if we believe God—that He has it all under perfect control for the completion of His work, and that it is all right on schedule. Israel couldn’t enter His rest because of their unbelief. We believe His wisdom and goodness, so let’s ask Him to help us occupy our little corner with faithfulness—and be at rest.

God’s blessed rest — what a soft pillow for a tired heart!