I’ve been reading a lot of Hebrews lately. One set of passages that gives me some things to think on is Hebrews 3:18-19.
“18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:18-19 KJV.
Alot of translations actually have the word Obey, for belief. I think it fits but the Original language it actually seems to mean both. It really makes me think about the times where life crashes down and we become uneasy and even don’t seem to have that rest that we should in God. Peace of mind cand be fleeting at those points. But this scripture details two great points for following God’s steps to entering into that faith. Belief and Obediance.
Believing, or having faith, is a complex action in itself. Hebrews 11:1 tells us belief is the substance of Hope and the evidence of things not seen. One of the biggest places that we fall short in belief and faith at many times is having the hope within us that God will do what his word says. That hope is the foundation to faith. The completion of faith is acting on it. Its not enough to hope God committs to His word and follows through, we have to act on it, act as He will.
The biggest downfall to a lack of God’s rest though I think is obedience.
“6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
1 John 2:6
Obedience is not just obeying God from the start, its humbling ourselves in repentance when we fall short. Its committing to the long hall and to not letting mistakes and sins of yesterday keep you from God today. Its important to keep abiding in God and seeking after him. We need to truly give of ourselves to follow Him in true obedience of the heart and mind as well as our actions. Its not enough to grumble and complain and still walk, we need to take control of our thoughts and bend our will to become God’s will. Giving up ones own will, to embrace God’s will completely and unquestioning is at the heart of being a bondservant of God.