Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. – Hebrews 4:11
Jesus, as our Joshua, takes us into the promise land. The name Jesus and Joshua are the same in the Hebrew. Both mean savior. Both have accomplished God’s call to take us into the place of rest. The land of our promise is the place of fruitfulness and perpetual blessings in God. It is the place that God intended for us to live. In Him. We rest because Jesus as our conqueror has completed all things.
To enter this rest and occupy our promise land; we must also become conquerors. We must conquer our self-centered motives and desires. We must conquer the flesh and enter through the cross. God has already conquered every enemy. He promises to fight with us and for us if we will obediently enter into His death, ending our relationship with false gods of the flesh and selfish gain.
Our part is first to trust, to believe, to have faith in God. We have faith not just in His ability to conquer, but in His affection for us. It is His great affection for us that moves His hand on our behalf. Our trust is not in an outcome, it is in the depth of God’s affection for us as a good Father. In every circumstance, we keep our eyes upon God’s affection for us and not on the problem surrounding us. This is peace in the eye of any storm.
Our part is also to obey, to follow Jesus in all things. We need to quit leading.
We do not need to tell God what to do, we need to listen and obey what He is speaking to us. “Speak for your servant is listening” must become our prayer. As a good Father His instruction for us, His work on our behalf, is always for our good.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. – Matthew 11:29
Jesus is our example. The qualities of His nature should be ours, humility and meekness. Humility is the full knowledge of our human inability and God’s full ability through us. Knowing our inability makes us humble; manifesting His ability through an intimate abiding is humbling. Meekness is often defined as strength under control. Self-control keeps us waiting upon God, patiently waiting upon Him to move and lead. This quality sets the relationship and not the outcome as the priority. We cannot be more concerned with personal appearance in these moments. We must choose God’s lead and wait for Him to move for us. Such character determines the difference between a Saul and a David.
He will give us rest for our souls when we trust and obey. Unbelief and disobedience will keep us weary in the wilderness. Repeating the failures of our flesh will not lead us into rest. Entering rest comes through trusting in Him as a good Father and abiding in our relationship with Him. This is the place of promises, rest and fruitfulness.