“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” (Hebrews 4.1 NIV).
What is God’s rest and how to do we make sure we don’t fall short of it? During the first 6 days of Creation Week, God made all of creation with seeds to perpetuate life. The plants, animals and humans all have the ability to reproduce and continue. God was finished after the 6th day, so He rested on the 7th day. Jesus is Lord over the Sabbath day because that day was dedicated to the reconciliation of the earth and humanity back to God (Matthew 12.8). God knew that giving humans free will would corrupt His perfect creation, and His redemption plan through the Work of Jesus Christ on the Cross was already seeded and ready. God rested, so we could rest in Him on the 7th day, knowing that Jesus would accomplish the Redemption Plan. We celebrate Sabbath rest every week as a symbol of the True Sabbath Rest we have in Christ. We fall short of this Sabbath through unbelief. When we don’t believe Jesus died for our sins, we fall short of God’s eternal Sabbath in heaven. And even in our daily life, when we carry unbelief about God’s goodness and His promises, we fail to enter into His daily rest. Failing to enter into God’s rest every moment signifies that we are relying on our own weak strength, power and energy. We are exhausted and limited daily because of our unbelief. Let us not fall short of our eternal rest in heaven or our daily rest on earth because of unbelief.
“So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest” (Hebrews 3.19 NLT).