"9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience" (Hebrews 4:9-11, ESV).
I highly recommend that you set your heart to rest today! It's not only my recommendation, but Scripture is urging us to enter into rest. Following the Lord can be simple at times like this: If He rested, we rest. Period.
Notice the author of Hebrews makes a point to tell us to "strive" to enter that rest. Why? Because sometimes it takes work to turn off our worries. It can take work to shift from a work mindset to a rest mindset. This rest is a good thing! It shows that we trust God. When we rest well, we worship the Lord.
We're told to rest so that we don't fall by the same sort of disobedience. See, if we rest, we're not hardening our hearts to the Lord and His will. In fact, when we rest, we're softening our will to follow the will of God! I think our willpower is stronger when we rest. I think we make better decisions when we rest. We treat others better when we rest. We're better workers when we rest. Do you get it? EVERYTHING is better when we obey God and REST!!!
So today, whether you have activities with others planned, whether you're spending the day on your own, whether you're making pancakes, or whether you're gonna spend some time in your arcade, do so in rest. Strive to enter rest, and ENJOY it. This honors our Lord. He is pleased with it; He is pleased with you!
-Pastor Tim Escamilla
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