Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts." ~ He 4:6-7 NKJV
God gives us many do-overs to start anew. He's been giving them out all through biblically recorded history. In the passage above we see King David being quoted in Psalm 95 by the writer of Hebrews. David, approximately 400 years after Joshua and the Israelites failed to enter their promised land (or "rest") the first time, spoke of another change for God's people to enter into rest.
God is still waiting for his people to come back to him and he still waits today. He is still giving out do-overs! Unfortunately, we get caught in a cycle of defeat by not making good use of our do-over, and fail to enter the spiritual rest that God promises us. Our unbelief, not trusting God, keeps us defeated.
Generally, there are four keys to overcoming our unbelief:
1) Forgive your past mistakes. God has forgiven you. Forgive yourself and start fresh.
2) Remember your past victories. Intentionally recall a time in the past where God has come through for you. He will do it again!
3) Trust God's promises. The Bible is filled with truths to hold on to. God will do what He says because He cannot lie.
4) Trust God's power. God created the universe. He can create a new beginning and craft a solution to your problems.
The bottom line is that each day is a new day and no matter where we are in our lives, God will give us another chance to believe in Him. Most importantly, He is worthy of our trust. We can pray to Him with confidence, "I can't _________________, but You can _______________." When we master that prayer, we are on our way to the "rest" God desires for us.
Points to ponder:
- What are you the most tired of struggling with in your daily life?
- What kinds of things do you tend to work out on your own?
- At what times do you say you trust God, yet in reality still hold on tightly to your problems?
Note: This post is excerpted from a portion of a new retreat I'm presenting this weekend entitled "The Work of Rest". If you are interested in learning more about it or would be interested in booking it at your church, please contact me.
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.