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March 4, 2019, 9:30 AM

A Resting Place


East Texas is a wonderful place to live. No matter where the Lord may lead us over the course of the rest of our lives, it will always be where I consider home. One of the special things about living in East Texas is the way you can experience all four seasons of the year in a single 24 hour time frame. Recently, the weather went from the high seventies and sunny to the high twenties and rainy in just over 12 hours. Thankfully, God has blessed us with a place to live where we can escape the elements of the weather. Our home is modest and, while we don’t have a lot of extra amenities, we do have the basic comforts of an American family. In our home, we can change the thermostat to make the air cooler or warmer to counter the temperature outside. The roof is new so we don’t have to worry about rain leaking in on us. We all have comfortable places to sleep and lounge around and the kitchen has all the necessary requirements to provide adequate meals for our family, in spite of my limited cooking abilities. What I’m trying to say is this, we have a place that we can go to escape from everything going on outside. We have a place to rest peacefully regardless of what the circumstance may be like around us. The author of Hebrews describes a similar rest that is available to everyone who will place their faith in Jesus. He exhorts his audience to not be like those who have heard the Gospel but chose not to combine it with faith, and thus forfeiting their opportunity to enter into the rest afforded by God through faith. The rest given by God is a perfect rest that can’t be attained by human works or merit. It can only be experienced through salvation in Jesus Christ. It is in this rest where a person can find protection from all the circumstances life may present. The author goes on to say in Hebrews 4:10 that anyone who enters this rest can rest from their work as well. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to go to your job tomorrow, but what it does mean is God gives a rest that you can’t get on your own through your own efforts so you can stop trying and embrace the rest in God. There is one caveat to this rest however, while the enemy can’t take this rest away from you, he can keep you from enjoying the fullness of its benefit. It doesn’t matter how comfortable my recliner is, I won’t be able to sit in it and rest if worry or anxiety have control of my mind and emotions. Don’t forfeit the rest you can have in God through Jesus Christ. As long as it is today, there still remains a hope for you to enter God’s rest by placing your faith in Christ alone. The Lord may not remove you from your troubles but He will give you rest in the midst of them.


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