Whose way do I want to follow? Mine? God’s?
It is a fundamental question. It needs to be asked and it needs to be answered. It is foundational to God’s world and His government.
I need a bold confidence. I want a firm grip on it. I don’t want to turn a deaf ear. I really, really don’t.
Where will that get me? Not where Jesus the Messiah wants me to go.
I want His rest. I want to reach the end point. I want to sit down and rest. I want to cease from my own “doing” and enter His “doing”.
May I keep a firm grip on His bold confidence!!
Now, if we can only keep a firm grip on this bold confidence, we’re the house! That’s why the Holy Spirit says, Today, please listen; don’t turn a deaf ear as in “the bitter uprising,” that time of wilderness testing! Even though they watched me at work for forty years, your ancestors refused to let me do it my way; over and over they tried my patience. And I was provoked, oh, so provoked! I said, “They’ll never keep their minds on God; they refuse to walk down my road.” Exasperated, I vowed, “They’ll never get where they’re going, never be able to sit down and rest.” Hebrews 3:6-11
How important is rest?
God needed it and got it.
Jesus needed it and got it.
I need it as well. And good news, Jesus will give me rest.
The need for physical rest is recognized in Scripture, and provision is made for ensuring that people are allowed time for rest. We also need the rest that comes from spiritual rest.
Jesus the Messiah needed physical rest
- John 4:6 — Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
- Mark 4:38 — Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
- Mark 6:31 — And Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
- Luke 9:58 — And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”