Summary: There is a place of rest for the people of God. A place where we can live in victory, free from condemnation and fear of losing our souls.
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Pastor James May
GET BACK TO YOUR RESTING PLACE
Jeremiah 50:6-8, "My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers. Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks."
Surely we live in a world where there is little time to rest and relax. The fast paced society in which we live, place demands upon us that are often overwhelming. There are never enough hours in a day or enough days in the week to accomplish all that we must accomplish.
How many of us look forward to the end of the work week and wait with great anticipation for the weekend so that we can get a little rest and perhaps do some of the things that we enjoy, but when that weekend comes, we don’t get anything accomplished and the little time off that we have is consumed by so many responsibilities that before we know it, Monday has come again and we start the same process over again in a never ending cycle?
Somehow I don’t believe that this is the kind of life that God had in mind for His children when He created the first man and woman upon the earth. God intended for man to enjoy life and not just endure it. Life was meant to be a wonderful, eternal existence with long walks with the Lord in the cool of the evening. Everything in life was to be a wonderful and learning experience and the work of your hands was meant to bring satisfaction and abundance in all things desired or needed for your happiness.
Somehow man, through the fall in the Garden of Eden, has fallen from that state of blissful life into the miserable and wretched condition that we see around us today.
More than in the physical sense, I believe that God intends for all of us to enjoy a Resting Place in the Spiritual sense.
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 own 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."
As we look around us it becomes obvious that God’s People are not always resting in the Lord for we are always laboring in attempt to prove our own self-worthiness to be called a Child of God.
These verses in Hebrews tell us that Jesus has completed His work of Redemption and Salvation and has now entered into a place of rest.
Hebrews 1:3, "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;"
Hebrews 8:1, "Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;"
Because Jesus has completed the work of our salvation, we can enter into that rest with Him.
Why do we feel that we must try so hard to be a Christian? Trying to do something to be a Christian does not give me any indication that we are “at rest” in Jesus. We are still “trying” to do something that we can’t seem to ever finish.
When will you ever be good enough?