Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:11
Be diligent. That is how our reading starts out today. It is the way we are to be in every area of our lives. Diligent to pursue God, diligent to go after His peace and diligent to enter His rest. It means to be consistent at making the things of God the priority of your life. Not out of fear or obligation, but out of love for your Heavenly Father because you know by faith that He loves you and only wants the best in life for you.
The entire chapter 4 of Hebrews is about entering His rest. However, verse 12 seems to be the only verse that isn’t talking about rest. I know this verse and refer to it often, but have never used it in relating to rest. It says: For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I will apply verse 12 within its context to rest but recognize that it is a scripture that we can apply in every area of life. God’s word is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of our heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says that the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it? This is where the word of God comes in. By lining up every thought and motive of your heart with God’s word, you can purge out the deceitful and wicked schemes from it.
God’s word is God’s love for us. When we begin to diligently seek Him through His love letter to us, (His word) only then will we be able to trust the thoughts and motives of our inner spirit because it is being transformed by His powerful word. God’s word is the doorway to enter His rest!
Today I want to encourage you to become more diligent in every area of your life by setting aside quiet time with God and His word. Let the word of God penetrate your soul, spirit, joints, marrow, thoughts and intentions. It is alive, powerful and reaches not only into the spirit, emotional parts of your life, it is also for the natural physical parts. God’s word is the truth and ultimate authority and when you line every area of your life up with that word, you can be sure that you are entering through the doorway of His complete rest.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 4:11-13