There’s a beautiful phrase in 2 Chronicles 15:15—about King Asa and the people of Judah: The LORD gave them rest on every side. Imagine that. Wouldn’t it be good if you and I could have rest on all sides?

Well, it is possible! Hebrews 4 tells us…

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.… There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God…. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest….(vv. 1, 9, 11)

God offers you and me a unique kind of rest. It’s the rest you’ve been looking for. It’s a rest you can have all the time on every side.

But it’s possible to miss out on the rest you need.

The Israelites had a promise of rest, but they didn’t experience it. They heard God’s promise to give them rest in the Promised Land… they meditated on it… but they didn’t believe it. They chose not to receive the gift of rest God offered them.

Nonetheless, the promise still stands. God has promised that believers today can find rest in Christ.

There’s a special Greek word for rest in this passage that is found nowhere else in the New Testament. It’s sabbatismos—translated “Sabbath rest”—which means “to glory in His rest.” It’s the idea of God reigning, and us worshiping Him and finding rest.

The fundamental description of Sabbath rest is that God rested from His work. He stopped working. If you want to experience rest on all sides at all times, it can only be experienced if you’ll stop striving... and take time to worship.

That means instead of taking things into your own hands, you leave them in His. Instead of taking control, you give it to Him and trust Him.

If you can do that, then you can experience rest on all sides, at all times.

If you’re not experiencing rest, it’s most likely because you’ve taken things into your own hands. You’re trusting in your own ability to fix things. My encouragement to you is to release your grip and ask for His help. Say something as simple as this…

Jesus, help! I’m going to stay out of the way so You can work. And in the meantime, I’m going to focus on simply resting in You.

 

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