Verse of the Day
[F]or anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. [Hebrews 4:10-11 – NIV]
Nowadays we treat leisure and entertainment and rest as being one and the same, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. We play a round of golf or go fishing on a Sunday afternoon and mistakenly believe that we are “resting on the Sabbath.” But God has a different idea. Even though leisure activities are not work per se, they are still a form of work. For example, we often say that we are working at our golf game (and believe me, mine needs it!). If we are not resting as we engage in leisure and entertainment activities, then how do we rest?
Today’s passage from Hebrews provides some insight. We learn that we are to “make every effort to enter [God’s] rest.” To do so. we must rest from our work by disengaging from all worldly activities and totally focusing on God. As we read God’s Word and commune with Him, we find ourselves entering into His rest. Only as we rest “in” God can we find comfort and peace. God’s rest is a truly refreshing rest.