Wrath vs Rest

I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ [Hebrews 3:11 ESV]

What do you think about when you hear about the wrath of God? Images of lightning bolts and fiery brimstone appear for some. Yet for others, the absence of God's direction come to mind. With Israel a two week journey lasted 40 years in the wilderness. It is a terrible thing to go it on our own.

To me this is the essence of faith. Will we go it alone? Make our own decisions? Or will we rest? Will we believe that God is leading us? Will we trust/rest in the Lord with all of our heart? Or will we worry? In a sense this is what wrath looks like to me: worry; anxiety; helplessness; and despair.

A most troubling idea is that God will allow us to go our own way if we, like the Israelites, reject His ways. He will allow us to be afraid of giants. He will permit us to do things that bring harm to us and others. Yet He will allow us to enter his rest when we place all of our trust and hope in him.

I desire to enter your rest Lord. Lead me in ways that bring peace.

... this devotion is part of a series about the book of Hebrews.

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