How many of you wake up everyday feeling exhausted? No matter how much you try to sleep, you still wake up drained and you end up walking around like a zombie. This lack of rest causes you to become uneasy about the smallest of things and it can even affect your relationship with others. Guess what? You are not alone. This feeling of restlessness maybe something more than a physical problem, it just may be a spiritual one. Now, do I have your attention? Do you want to know what causes your restlessness? Do you want to learn how to do something about how you feel? Your answer is found in the fourth chapter of the book of Hebrews.
Now, we need to get down to the root of the feeling of restlessness from a spiritual perspective. It is written, “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest,” (Hebrews 4:1-5, NIV).
God reveals to us in His Word that those who have heard the Good News proclaimed to them and have found no value in it will NEVER have rest. Now, why do you think God is telling us this? The answer is simple. Since we are a spiritual being, as in being created from His very breath, we are more than just a physical body. We have an eternal soul. When someone hears the Gospel of Jesus Christ, something sparks inside of them because they have heard the truth. This spark causes one of two reactions. First, the Holy Spirit convicts the person of their sins and convinces them to turn away from sin and run towards Jesus Christ (John 16:8). Secondly, they do not like the feeling of conviction that the Holy Spirit reveals to them and they want to immediately rebel against the Truth. The spirit of rebellion takes root in their lives and when this happens, as God states, “They shall never enter my rest.” This rest is an eternal rest for those who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior. However, for those who don’t, the spirit inside of them feels like it is lacking something and anyone who is stuck in the restlessness of rebellion tries to fill the void with things. But nothing can fill the void that they feel no matter how much they like it. They will never feel rested and they feel like the burdens of this world are constantly crashing down around them. The spirit of depression and the spirit anxiety comes knocking at their doors.
Those who find no value in the Gospel will not find rest and those who do rest well in Him. As my children like to say, “Once I have seen that, I cannot unsee that.” Once a person hears the Word of God, they cannot “un-hear” it. It causes a spark that must be nurtured and if it is not nurtured then that person knows that they are missing something in their life but can’t do anything about it. Now, this simple truth informs us of how to feel rested. It is written, “Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his,” (Hebrews 4:6-10).
God wants us all to not only find our rest in Him but to be rested. As God rested after creating the heavens and the earth, He calls us to have rest after our work. However, this rest can only be had in reverence to Him and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The substance of this truth is preached to us in both the Old and New Testaments. Throughout the generations, there have been unprofitable hearers of God’s Truth, and their unbelief is the root of all unfruitfulness in this world. You see, faith in the hearer is the life of this world. Let us be diligent to have a clear path to the kingdom of God. As God finished His work, and then enjoyed it with rest; He also causes those who believe to finish their work, and then enjoy their rest. The evidence in this is found when it is said that there is a more spiritual and excellent Sabbath remaining for the people of God. God reveals to us that this rest is a rest of grace, a rest of comfort, and it can only be found in Him. This rest is also a rest of glory because the people of God can enjoy their faith while removing any disobedience from their lives.
This heavenly rest which is meant to be enjoyed can only be found in Jesus Christ. It goes against the troubles of this world and the spiritual attacks of our enemy. But those who cannot enter this heavenly rest because of their lack of faith and obedience to Jesus Christ will never truly find rest here on earth or in their afterlife. They will have no peace and no glory. This is why the spark in them causes so much restlessness because even though a person who denies Christ after hearing of Him does not understand how much they need Him, their soul does. Their soul cries out to Jesus and this confuses them because they did understand why. You see, God has always declared that humanity’s rest will only be found in Him, and His love is the only real way to satisfy our soul and bring it true happiness which comes through faith in his Son. Jesus is the only way to enter this wonderful state of rest, both physically here on earth and eternally in heaven.
Don’t you want to kind of rest? Are you tired of getting up each and every morning hating your life and finding no peace in anything you do? Have you heard the Word of God and rebelled against it and found no worth in it? This can be the root of your problem. Your soul is calling out for Jesus day and night and you cant understand this. Get down on your knees and raise your hands to the heavens and repent of this sin and any other sin that you may have committed. Cry out to Jesus because He is faithful to listen to you can send you His Spirit. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior, and allow Him to not only transform your life but fill it with His love and grace. Then, not only will you find rest in Him, your very soul will jump for joy because you listened and obeyed.
Now, if you are a believer but have been feeling this same type of unrest, reflect upon your life and see what you are not doing right. What giants are you facing and not giving up to God? What are you not leaving on the foot of the cross? As a believer you know that our rest can only be found in Jesus so if you have lost your focus in Him, readjust and take the rest that He is wanting to give back to you freely. Remember that no burden in this world can shake your faith, no disbelief can take away how much Jesus loves you, and no spiritual attack can overtake a child of God who is sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). The only thing that can take our rest is our disobedience and any unbelief we may be holding on to. Let it go and let God be God.
For an unbeliever, Jesus is the only way to find true rest. For a believer who has found themselves in a state of restlessness, Jesus is the only way to find true rest. This truth is the same now as it was then, and this truth will be the same forevermore. Please listen to this truth and live it out. You deserve it, and so does Jesus.