God’s special rest

“So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9, NLT).

God gave the Sabbath to Israel as a sign to show them and the world they were his chosen people. I spent many years trying to keep the Sabbath. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of it, but over time realized several things: I didn’t really know how, I couldn’t do it perfectly and something seemed to be missing. I did everything we were supposed to do—stop working, read the Bible, pray, go to church—but after all that, I was still relieved when it was over. In reality it was more work than rest.

It turns out something was missing. Just as with everything else in the Old Testament, the Sabbath pointed to Jesus. He is our special rest and our Sabbath, the sign of the New Covenant. He is the one in whom we daily rest—in his grace, mercy and love. Everyone who believes in him has their rest now and will continue in it forever. In his generosity, all of humanity is invited into his rest, included in his plan and can enjoy the peace and comfort of his blanket of mercy. Jesus is the true rest, with no worries and no rules, just him.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

2 thoughts on “God’s special rest”

  1. Hi Tammy! Yes, the “rest of God” is such a delight, such a comfort!

    The O.T. pointed to it, they (ancient Israel) got a hint of it. But Jesus Christ has manifested it and gave us an example, and an admonition to seek for it.

    The “Sabbath” is more than a single day in a group of seven. It is a Union with God, acknowledging His supremacy, His righteous creativity, His un-ending Love and care for the totality of His many sons and daughters. The “rest” He gives us is the total comfort of yieldedness that we come to experience as we … begin to love Him … a small part of His Love for us!

    Thank you so much as you put this in a few words!

  2. I too kept the “Sabbath” for decades and felt as you explained it. When I realized I didn’t have to keep it anymore. . .I explained it this way.

    Many of us, when we were first married, couldn’t afford a washer and dryer, so we went to a laundrymat. To do this, I set aside a day a week, as “my laundry day”. In time, however, I had the blessing of having a washer and dryer right in my own home. After that I didn’t have to set aside a particular day to do my laundry. . .I was able to do it on any day. . anytime I chose. . first thing in the morning, or even in the middle of the night.

    When I kept the Sabbath, it was as if God had given me this particular time to be “special time” with HIm, so I really needed to take advantage of it. But, when I realized that Jesus was with me every moment of every day and I could be as close to Him on Monday or Wednesday. ..in the morning or the middle of the night, I then knew how blessed I was to have all time be “time set apart” to be with God!!

    Trish

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