Day 16: Rest

Paper Tigers & Impressing God

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Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’
— Hebrews 3:7-15 ESV

Yesterday we talked about how seeking social justice was an important part of living in God’s will, therefore we couldn’t just “rest in Him” and ignore injustices.

It is important to point out that rest is a necessary, important part of living for Christ.  We should take time every week to rest.

These verses in Hebrews warn us of the danger of not taking time to rest.  It warns us that rest is necessary because failing to do so will lead to hard hearts toward God.  The word harden is used three times and the word rebellion is used twice in these 8 verses.  There is a direct link between taking time to rest and becoming rebellious and hard hearted towards God.

The thing about rest is this, you have to actually be at work during the week to be resting from work.  There is no such thing as rest from rest; there is only rest from work.

We join Him in the work we are called to accomplish of advancing the gospel and bringing His justice into this world, and we take rest breaks.

God modeled rest when creating the world in six days and then taking the seventh day to rest.  God didn’t need a day off; He’s God.  He took day seven off for our benefit.  He was being a good Father and modeling healthy behavior.

In this series we are learning how to do His work without thinking that how we perform at His work changes our status as His child or thinking we will impress God with what we do for Him.

Resting is an important part of doing His work well.  If we are obeying Him and joining in His work going on here on earth, we will and should be able to include rest in our lives.

 

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Here's a song for all the "dry and weary souls."