Thursday, November 7, 2013

What Job Wanted -- Jesus Gives Us -- Rest

"13For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,
"14With kings and counsellers of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;
"15Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:
"16Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw light.
"17There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest." (Job 3: 13-17)

Job wanted rest, yet for many people, the only rest that they look forward to is. . .death.

For all of his continually sacrifices, for all the goods, for all the people whom Job had in his life, the one thing that he wanted was . . .rest.

Jesus is our rest: yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13: 8). He also invites us to come to Him and let Him rest us:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:" 28)

The original Greek is far more active, in which Jesus is our rest, our fulfillment, eternal life in which we find all things with Him (Romans 8: 31-32)

With this rest, we no longer need live a life of trying, and thus tiring, to get to God, but rather we allow Him to take us and rest us fully.

So the writer of Hebrews invites us:

"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." (Hebrews 4: 1)


"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." (Hebrews 4: 9-11)

Let Jesus be your rest today, and see His rest taking your yesterdays and making them into beautiful tomorrows.

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