For those who know or heard of the story about the children of Israel and their journey in the wilderness for forty years; we may recall how God provided food, water, and health during that time. Interesting enough as we study more, we remember that during the ordeal of reporting (spies) what they had seen in the land that God had promised; that 10 of the 12 did not believe God (unbelief shows up again) and spoke their own death. Only two believed God (Joshua and Caleb) but because of the majority vote all took the journey in the wilderness.
As we look deeper we find in Deuteronomy 8, God told them (us) to observe all the commandments that he had gave them (obedience) and to remember how he took care of them in the wilderness where he led them “to humble thee, to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no”. They were also warned, don’t forget that it was the Lord thy God that took care of you and gave you the “power to get wealth”.
In Hebrews 4, they (we) are invited to enter HIS rest after mixing their (our) faith with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.
Hebrew 4: 9-16: (KJV)
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Have we hardened our hearts? Have we forgotten who provides and keeps us day by day? Have we entered His rest or are we looking for fame and trying to build our own kingdoms? NOT SO, In Jesus Name.
We will enter his rest and not fall because of unbelief and pride as we go boldly to the throne of grace so that we may obtain mercy and find grace while understanding we have an high priest that is interceding for us. Amen and Amen. In His rest, we will hear, see and receive the strategies that we need to execute our assignments and receive the resources to fulfill our purpose and destiny (our Promised Land). Allowing the Word of God (sword) to discern our thoughts and intents of our heart so that we can glorify God in everything we do. Amen and Amen.