One of my favorite things to do on a dark stormy day is to curl up with a good book, relax, and ultimately take a nap. It’s one of the best times for me to forget all the things to do that swirl around my mind and just rest. After that period of rest, I feel refreshed, renewed, and better able to work through what needs to be done. Rest is not just something we enjoy but we are actually commanded to rest in both the Old and New Testament but since today’s reading is Hebrews 1-4 that is what we will stick with.
Hebrews 4:11 says, “Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” We NEED to rest. It doesn’t say rest if you have the time or only rest when you are tired but instead it says to be “diligent.” I am diligent to eat dinner every night and I am diligent to read my Bible each day but am I diligent to rest every day?
We are reminded in 4:13 that nothing that we do is hidden from our creator. We might be able to hide our lack of rest from our friends and family but we cannot hide the truth from God. One day we will enter God’s rest in God’s Kingdom but until then let us rest from the turmoil of each day and focus on the one who promises us peace.
If you haven’t tried it already for the remainder of the time that you are reading through the Bible, before you jump into reading take a few minutes to rest. Turn off your phone, go to a quiet place, breathe deep, and be still. When you feel as though your mind is no longer racing then spend time in prayer and begin your study.