“ And the Lord said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest [by bringing you and the people into the promised land].” (Exodus 33:14, TAB)
” Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:11, KJV)
Rest is that which certifies faith. To certify implies validation or authentication. You can therefore say that rest makes faith valid or authentic.
While faith without rest is fake, it is extremely important that you wholly understand that rest is not sleep. This simply means functioning or exercising the senses is involved in rest. It is only when you rest that you are able to enter into the finished work of Christ.
“For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. (Hebrews 4:3, NKJV)
This is allowing God to be God in all situations. Look at the way prophet Isaiah puts it. “ For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel has said this, “In returning [to Me] and rest you shall be saved, In quietness and confident trust is your strength. But you were not willing,” (Isaiah 30:15, TAB)
When you rest, you are telling God that you believe him and there is no other alternative. “ For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” (Hebrews 4:2, NKJV)
When God rested according to the book of Genesis, he was also demonstrating faith in the work of his hands that it will stand the test of time. It is also important to note that God rested but he did not sleep. There is a huge difference between sleeping and resting.
When you are asleep:
You are immobile except for involuntary movement
You are unable to exercise the senses
A sleeping man will likely miss opportunities
You are unable to make progress—stagnant
When you look at different translation of Hebrews 4:11, some will say labour, others will say make every effort, keep at it and do our best. This shows that this kind of rest is not for the lazy.
- When you rest, you submit yourself to the righteousness of God because you totally believe in his word. Paul the apostle said his desire is for Israel to be saved because they have zeal for God but not according to knowledge (Romans 10:1-2). The next verse reads, “For not knowing about God’s righteousness [which is based on faith], and seeking to establish their own [righteousness based on works], they did not submit to God’s righteousness.” (Romans 10:3, TAB)
- God has prescribed a tried and true way for victory and it is by resting in him through the avenue of faith. If you do not follow this, you are saying I have a better path. This is why the Bibles say, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Anything that is not of faith becomes sin (Romans 14:23).
- This kind of rest in him as a result of faith confers righteousness that brings a man into right relationship with God. Look at how the word of God explains the power of such a relationship.
“But the righteousness based on faith [which produces a right relationship with Him] says the following: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into Heaven?’ that is, to bring Christ down; or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we had to be saved by our own efforts, doing the impossible].” But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word [the message, the basis] of faith which we preach.” (Romans 10:6-8, TAB)
If there is a right relationship, it also means you can be a christian and be in a wrong relationship with the Almighty God.
- Resting in him by faith confers on you the “right” for him to do the impossible through you. There is what I call a say so anointing that automatically comes upon you—the word is near in your mouth and heart. The Word that is near your mouth and heart is Jesus. You cannot speak Jesus into a situation and the situation remain the same.
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke, “we also believe and therefore speak,” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NKJV)
- Resting in him by faith is a treasure and you must endeavor to discover it. “What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather humanly speaking, has found? [Has he obtained a favored standing?] For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed in (trusted, relied on) God, and it was credited to his account as righteousness (right living, right standing with God).” (Romans 4:1,3 TAB)
When you rest in him when others are running helter-skelter, you do not start with a zero balance in your account, you have something to draw from that will lead you out of the predicament that you have found yourself. Your vehicle is not running on empty when you rest in him.
- Resting in him confers upon you wisdom. “My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste: So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.” (Proverbs 24:13-14, KJV)
A honey that every child of God needs to eat is resting in the Almighty God.
- Resting in Him gives you confidence that God can never forget you. “I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”?[ But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:1-5, NKJV)
God cannot cast you away:
Engraved in the palm of his hand—Isaiah 49:16
Apple of his eyes—Zechariah 2:8
Can a woman forget his sucking child?—Isaiah 49:16
You are an Israelite:
“remember that at that time you were separated from Christ [excluded from any relationship with Him], alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise [with no share in the sacred Messianic promise and without knowledge of God’s agreements], having no hope [in His promise] and [living] in the world without God. 13 But now [at this very moment] in Christ Jesus you who once were [so very] far away [from God] have been brought near [a]by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:12-13, TAB)