Day 4

The Promised Rest

from the Hebrews reading plan

Hebrews 3:7-19, Hebrews 4:1-13, Numbers 14:20-38, 1 Peter 1:3-5

BY Erin Davis

My idea of heaven has evolved over time. As a young Christ-follower, I envisioned a rather me-centric glory, a Candy Land filled with the sweetest gifts my mind could conjure. I imagined hanging out with my heroes, lounging on comfy cumulonimbus recliners, and basking in my version of total bliss. 

The longer I’ve walked with Jesus and the more I’ve searched His precious Word, the more my imaginations of heaven have shifted. It is not a place dedicated to my endless pleasure. Though God has promised it’s beyond my wildest hopes (1Corinthians 2:9), heaven is not most interested in our indulgences. 

Lay your visions of just harps and angels aside and consider your eternal home with a fresh perspective. The writer of Hebrews lets us peek into the real heaven and see a place of profound rest (Hebrews 4:3,9).

While earthbound, we tend to think of rest as a feeling, a brief moment of closed eyes and relaxed shoulders, but in Christ, rest becomes a reality. And what shall we rest from? Among other things, ourselves. My heart is stirred by this thought: because heaven is a place focused on God, it is also the place where I will finally be free of me. 

Rather than a scene of endless self-indulgence, Scripture promises a future where nothing is cursed by sin and brokenness (Revelation 22:3). That means a final end to our sin and selfishness, pride and pettiness, aches and pains, cancer cells and conflicts. We will finally be free of our navel-gazing because we’ll finally be fully with Jesus, freed from insecurity, greed, and our compulsion to gossip. We will rest from discouragement, defeat, and discontentment. We will rest from all jealousy, all hatred, all bitterness. We will rest from lust and self-loathing, anger, and animosity. We can live differently now, drawing on this future rest, because Christ is already at work undoing all that is broken today. 

When you are weary of your sinfulness and sick and tired of being sick and tired, remember that soon enough you will see Jesus face-to-face and be fully transformed into His likeness—and that this complete work has already begun in part (2Corinthians 3:18). Life with Jesus is infinitely more than a good night’s sleep. It is exponentially better than a beach vacation. It’s a final, forever rest.

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78 thoughts on "The Promised Rest"

  1. Paige says:

    I love this so much. I wish it existed in Spanish! I live in Mexico and would love to share it.

  2. Emily McGhee says:

    It’s hard for me to articulate just how grateful I am that He steps in and takes control when I just can’t! He’s so good.

  3. Kari Bachle says:

    I so appreciated the description of rest in today’s study…like others have said, it’s what my heart is longing for. It’s so easy to live at unrest in this world, caught up in both the big & little worries of life. Thank you for the reminder that that’s not how we’re meant to live, that one day God will end the unrest for good, & because of Jesus’ work even now we can live in that place – “The kingdom of heaven is here.” Oh, how I want to.

  4. Inses De Braganca says:

    The more I dive into scripture I realise that through christ in God, we can experience heaven on earth, and the final rest is just a consequence or a result of that. The idea that we can experience peace, love and government on earth is what also keeps us moving towards god. Therefore I believe christ shows us how to live heaven on earth, that through him this becomes our reality not something in the distant future.

  5. Jeni B says:

    While I know that we won’t experience the fullness of this rest until heaven, it does make me wonder what possible rest am I missing here on earth down to my own striving and preoccupations?

  6. Margaret W says:

    Lehua K: I wonder if he could offer to take some sort of safe driving course or if there is some way the accident could be removed from his record after a certain period of time? It’s worth investigating.

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