As believers we are given the promise of entering a state of REST, just as the Lord has rested from His works. This “rest” goes beyond a designated day and instead becomes of state of being. So why does rest feel so elusive? Don’t be discouraged! Even Scripture acknowledges that we believers don’t go from unrest to – poof – rest. Don’t worry, it’s not just you that’s feeling like it’s hard to grasp. Rather, Hebrews 4:11 instructs us “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.” Other translations actually refer to this process as a striving to enter that rest. Striving? Rest? The two can’t seem more contrary to each other! However, it is how we direct our efforts and within the correct theological framework that we can uproot ourselves from the stressful patterns of the world we were born into (the tree of knowledge) and root ourselves into the restful tree of life, being Christ.
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