When was the last time you were bone-weary or just “slap wore out,” as my granddad used to say? Maybe it’s been awhile, or maybe it was yesterday, but you probably responded quickly by resting! We usually give our bodies what they need. We rest so our tired selves can heal, refresh, and restore.
But what about spiritual rest? How quick are we to respond to what our spiritual life needs? In chapters 3 and 4 of Hebrews, the author uses the concept of “rest” to present a spiritual reality. God offers His rest to His children. God fulfills His promise of rest in our lives as we believe in who He is and obediently follow Him in obedience.
According to Hebrews 4:12-13, what part does God’s Word play in helping us enter into God’s spiritual rest?
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God’s word tells us that nothing is hidden from Him. He knows us — truly knows us. So, since He also loves us His word will guide us and teach us and correct us! As the verse says, it is living and active. That means it is directed right to us today — not just for the people who were the original readers or listeners. Through it God actively speaks to us everytime we open its pages or remember its words.
The word rest makes me warm all over. What a wonderful way to describe the comfort we receive from Christ. God’s word gives me rest by giving me parameters for my life, I know what is expected of me. It also gives me strength to make it through the day and encouragement. It also shows me the character and nature of God which calls my focus to him and not my troubles here on this earth!
Just the fact that God know we need rest and wants to give it to us is comforting to me! I need to slow down and experience it.
It plays a huge part in our spiritual lives. It helps us to change out attitudes toward others.
The other day I was a little frustrated with my beloved; wouldn’t you know it, my devotion I read after I had a conversation with God about how frustrated I am, pointed to Ephesians 4:29-32. Talk about some advice in a few minutes after my ranting. His word corrects our actions, which I am very thankful for.
Iris, I also find it amazing how applicable God’s Word is to my life. Oh, how I love it!