Vs. 11, “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” God promised “rest” for His people of Israel, but they failed to enter that rest due to disobedience. We are not just talking about the literal “Sabbath Rest”…we are talking about a spiritual rest. A rest that can be peaceful even in times of turmoil and struggle. Question: How do we enter that rest? By turning in faith to His Word (Vs. 12) and approaching the throne of Grace (Vs. 16)! Wonderful biblical passages that we see here in this chapter! We are also reminded that Jesus was the final great High Priest who knows all of our struggles because He went through it too.
Regarding application…God Know’s Our Hearts. Vs. 12, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I love this verse! All of us should have this verse memorized! God knows the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts! Question: Isn’t that great? We don’t have to put on a facade with God…He already knows. We can hide our thoughts from others…but we can’t hide from God. Adam & Eve would learn that lesson about trying to hide. There’s almost a peace in knowing that we don’t have to hide and pretend to be someone else. And if you are not feeling right with God…you can either run or let God heal your wounded heart. Speaking of wounded hearts, don’t forget to pray for the tornado victims! What a sad unexpected tragedy for them!