There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. -Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV

When I consider what Sabbath-rest means I think of a rest that is intentional. Whether we are discussing the physical, emotional or spiritual side of life, rest is something that has to be prioritized. So, in a spiritual sense, what does it mean to intentionally enter God's rest? Does it mean to schedule Sunday activities around religious services and the like?

I am thinking that Sabbath-like observances, be they on Saturday or Sunday, have nothing to do with spiritual rest. This verse tells us that entering the rest of God is analogous to resting from what we do. It speaks to me of intentionally resting in the love and grace of God. That place where we feel accepted and feel no need to do anything to earn His love.

It is hard for us to rest Lord. Many of us are wired to perform to be accepted. Teach us to rest in You.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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