Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Relax

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Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,

“So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts.”

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Heb. 4:1-12

It is to be understood that while the rest of God is always restful it is not always about resting. There is a Sabbath rest that goes beyond the Sabbath. It is the rest that resides in the heart that trusts in Jesus’ saving grace, and then  follows, obeys and carries out the commands of God. I’m all for a day of rest. I try to take one a week (some weeks more successfully than others). But I would rather have a heart that dwells in rest before God than to have a thousand days of bodily rest, if the truth were told.

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Relaxing just isn’t relaxing if my heart cannot come to stillness or peace in the presence of my Savior. But if my heart is resting then the whole world can be a storm around me and I can still have my Sabbath rest in Jesus!

What has to change for you to come to that place of heart rest?

This post was written for the Two Cents Tuesday Challenge over at:   http://acrossthebored.com/2013/07/16/two-cents-tuesday-challenge-its-up-to-you-week-2/. Go check it out! There you will find a host of topics you can write on.

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