There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:9-11, KJV
Fear. Worry. Struggle and hustle. These are the realities of life on earth, isn’t? Or is it? While it is the way of this world, it’s certainly not God’s way. Striving and struggling came on the scene in the garden as a result of unbelief, the same block the children of Israel stumbled over in the wilderness (see Genesis 3:17-19, Hebrews 3:14-19).
“…but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”
It’s the idea that God wouldn’t really deliver what He’d already completely prepared and promised. Ultimately, unbelief questions God’s goodness and sincerity. It keeps us from the true Promise Land, rest. To be counted among those who not only enjoy salvation from bondage to sin, to real rest requires a new way of thinking, a re-wiring of the mind (see Romans 12:2).
God rested from His work when Christ cried out, “It is finished” because there is truly nothing else to be done. When we believe that’s so, we will rest from our striving to achieve what Christ’s already done. Christ really did a perfect work. There’s nothing more to add to it, so for heaven’s sake don’t go messing with it. Just believing He finished a perfect work for our benefit, is labor enough for you and me.