Heb 4:11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.
Have you ever read a scripture, underlined that scripture, perhaps even memorized or quoted that scripture, and yet DID NOT understand it? You always felt like it was just out of your grasp? Well, I have. The above passage is just like that. For a long while now, I have known this verse in my mind, but only in the past 6 weeks has my spirit known what this means for Deanna.
You see Hebrews 3:7- 4:16 is all about something that I was trying really hard to get to in my own efforts… the “rest” of belief in God’s Word.
I have heard His voice(3:7) and most of the time, I have NOT rebelled outwardly… but what about in my belief?
This is an area where no one can do it for us… my husband, my children, my friends, my pastor, my co-workers… no one can believe for me… no one can enter the rest that believe brings, for me.
As I studied this passage again yesterday, I was so encouraged to finally understand it! Not just with my head, but with my spirit man. See, the very first service of the New Year, God gave me a vision of what He wants for me and my desires. He gave me clear direction on how to direct those desires and see them fulfilled. And I have NEVER had so much lasting rest from striving… However! As I read verse 11 of chapter 4, it kind of seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it? “Make every effort to enter that rest…” Why do I have to make every effort??? TO REST???
Because, the enemy will always try to derail us! Bringing back emotions, or doubt, or strife to make us think we mis-heard God, or maybe He is faithful to His Word in everyone else life, but maybe not mine… maybe because of everything I have done, I am exempt to God’s faithfulness… Does anyone else deal with this or is it just me?
So, how do we make every effort??
#1 Stay in God’s Word with His Word TO YOU in front of your eyes and coming out of your mouth! (Romans 10:8-11)
#2 Keep people around you who will encourage you to hold fast to God’s Word and who will pray with you. (Eph 4:29, 32, Heb 10:23-25,35,)
The rest of the verse causes the mom in me to shudder….
“..so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”
My children are watching me, the people I speak to are watching me, those the Lord has given me to minister to, they are also watching me… they follow… may I not be the reason they fall but rather that they keep running the race, and hold fast to the Word.