There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9).
Rest – Repose (to place trust in someone; in the control of some person or group), quiet, quietude, ease, tranquility, peacefulness, relaxation, sleep, standstill, calm. Rest is something God has provided for His people through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Jesus came to restore our relationship with God and provide everything we need physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and relational. The adversary comes to steal our peace by bombarding our minds with the cares of this world; as it enters our minds, it also goes to the heart, making many physically, mentally, and emotionally sick. We will have trials and tribulations in this world, whether Christians or nonbelievers. If we concentrate on the power of God rather than our problem, we will receive the peace of God.
Having peace in God is not denying you have a situation or an issue, but you’re allowing God to be God and not the situation or issue. If we concentrate more on what we’re going through, we have made the issue our god. Jesus warned the believer we would have tribulation, but He has over-came the world (These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world – John 16:38). Whether you know it or not, heaven is fighting for you; no way God would allow His children to be defeated by the adversary or the world when they have submitted themselves to Him completely.
Jesus said we are one with Him and the Father (That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me-John 17:21). Every born-again Christian has the Father backing them up. We look at the problem, ask the Father for direction, and wait on Him.
While we’re waiting, we’re building ourselves up in prayer, fasting, reading, and studying the Word of God so our faith will grow and our spirit will be sensitive to His Spirit and His voice. God’s desire for His children is for them to place their trust in Him. There is nothing that can happen that God is not aware of; if He allows it, then it’s going to work together for our good.
We can’t run from a task the Father has given us; we must know that He has our best interest at heart. Jesus has overcome everything that would try to hinder and block; Greater is He that is in you than what is trying to destroy you!
Even though we may be persecuted, rejected, lied to and lied on, betrayed, lacking in finances, lacking companionship, hurting in our bodies, attacked with sickness and dis-ease and disease, our faith should be in God. When our faith is in Him, we don’t have anxiety attacks or depression. We don’t have sleepless nights; our countenance is not sad but joyous because we know where our help comes from. We know that our Heavenly Father will bring us out with victory. When you rest, you look at the issue and tell it, God got this!
The Bible has never stated Christians wouldn’t have difficulties or troubles; life brings trouble, Satan brings attacks, and growing in faith will bring issues and situations. Jesus was very much aware of what the believer would go through, and He instructed them to come and rest in Him (Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light – Matthew 11:28-30). When we understand who Jesus is and who we are in Him, we will not fret or worry when tests, trials, or attacks come our way.
Rest in the Word of God, Rest in the arms of God, and rest in Jesus’s peace!