Have you ever been stuck in an airport? If so, I'm sure you would agree that it is far from feeling restful - even if you are just sitting in a chair. For some reason, it is exhausting. Maybe it is because we are in a public place and we just don't feel like we can let our guard down. I'm sure there is some research somewhere that has been done on why we can be sitting yet not resting. What about your spiritual life? Have you ever been at home relaxing yet you do not feel at peace? As I start my second week of looking at entering God's rest, I want to continue looking in Hebrews at what God tells us about entering His rest. Last week I explored the fact that we need to believe God and have faith in order to receive His promise of rest. I also looked at how obedience is a natural product of our faith. So, as you read today's verses, please keep in mind that was where we left off last week. Please use the link and read Hebrews 4:9-13.
Something that is sticking out at me in these verses is the fact that we are told to make every effort to enter God's rest, and then the author seems to suddenly switch topics and start writing about God's Word. When you think about it, if you were writing a paper for school, you would get marked down for changing topics within your text. But what if the author in Hebrews wasn't changing topics? Something that I have been learning over time is when that happens I need to consider that it isn't a change of topic but it is God showing us a connection we just never considered before. So, in these verses if we consider that the author is continuing on his flow of God's rest and obedience, we have to consider the fact that the author is telling us that God's Word has something to do with entering His rest.
What if we are being told that God's Word is important in our obedience? We are told in verses 12-13 that His Word penetrates the soul...it is a sharp sword that can divide Soul and spirit. Perhaps we are being told that as we spend time in His Word it will reveal to us where we need to change - where we need to become obedient. It is through daily time in the Bible that we can learn how He wants us to live out our faith. It is through the Bible that we can see how God speaks to each of us and we develop a more intimate relationship with Him. The truths found in the Bible is the path that leads us to God's place of rest.
Are you spending time in the Bible?