Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:1-13
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:9,10)
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that one day we will have ultimate rest when we go to be with the Lord — “Now we who have believed enter that rest” (v. 3a). The Sabbath-rest that is promised to us is our ultimate rest from all the difficulties of living in this fallen world. There will be no more pain or sorrow. Sin will be gone forever. We will no longer mourn or be overwhelmed by the temptations and sorrows that we experience on this earth.
Our labors on earth will have been completed, just as God worked six days creating and then rested on the seventh day — “For somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in these words: ‘And on the seventh day God rested from all His work'” (v. 4).
There is a beautiful picture of the saints as they enter this Sabbath-rest in Revelation 7 — “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lord at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:16,27).
Lord Jesus, I look in great anticipation to the Sabbath-rest that I will enjoy with You through all eternity. Thank You that You will give me ultimate rest one day. Until that day give me strength to deal with the difficulties of living in this fallen world.
NOTE: I will be on vacation next week and will not be posting devotions. I’ll begin again on the following week.
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