December 5, 2019

Hebrews 4:9-11 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. ~ Rest is freedom from activity or labor, to stop doing work, to stop using (something) so that it can be strong again. To be free from anxiety or disturbance, to remain confident, to have peace of mind or spirit. To be based or founded, to be firmly fixed.

In Mark chapter 4 it talks about Jesus and the disciples crossing over to the other side. This represents transition, going from one point to another. This transition time happened in the dark season, after the light was gone. It was also during this transition time that one of the greatest storms they had ever encountered had taken place. We see the disciples doing everything they can to survive, yet Jesus rebukes them for their unbelief. They are experienced fishermen and know what to do in rough waters. But here they are fearful indicating that it was a very bad storm yet we see Jesus asleep in the ship not being affected by the winds or the waves. He trusted in the word and direction of God so much that when the storm arose, it didn’t even wake him out of his sleep. It wasn’t that he was such a heavy sleeper that he didn’t realize the storm was going on. It’s because he trusted God so much that he was able to rest in him and know that nothing that he experienced in this world had any bearing on God’s plan and purpose for his life. We know this because Jesus told Pilot that he could not do anything to him unless God had given him the power to do it.

So there is a greater arena of faith that we must strive to move in to. It’s a place where no matter what attacks come, no matter what storms may arise, we remain at rest, confident in the one who has called us and saved us. Unbelief will keep us out of this rest. So let’s labor, let’s set our faith to enter into that place of rest.

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