THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Put this in writing. From now on, the Lord will bless everyone who has faith in Him when they die.” The Spirit answered, “Yes, they will rest from their hard work, and they will be rewarded for what they have done.”
Revelation 14:13 (CEV)
SOMEDAY SOON: THERE WILL BE REST
Atlanta has one of the busiest airports in the world. And if you travel for work you know that one of the advantages of living here is that you can get to over 80 percent of the airports in the world on a direct flight from here. That means fewer layovers and the torture that comes with them. Sometimes when you have a connecting flight your connection is so close that you have to sprint like a racehorse before the cabin door is closed. There are also times that travelers and stranded in a city because their connecting flight was cancelled. Wouldn’t it be nice if just once your flight had to be diverted to Hawaii for a two week layover and you were required to leave the airport and stay at an all-expenses paid resort and just rest?
One of the promises of heaven from Revelation 14:13 is that we will enter God’s “rest.” Sometimes “rest” can mean inactivity but that’s not the case here. In spiritual terms “rest” means primarily to cease from one’s works with the idea of release from anxiety, worry and insecurity. This rest is offered to all and is freely available by grace through personal faith in Jesus Christ (Mt 11:28, 29, 30). Only in Christ is our soul fully and truly at rest.
The promise of rest will not be fully fulfilled until we are in heaven. However, we can partially experience God’s rest while we are still living here on earth. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” The key to rest and peace is focusing our mind on who God is and what God can do. To go a little deeper today, take some time and read all of Isaiah 26. Make notes about what God invites us to do and what He promises to do for us. Pray and ask God for rest in your soul today as you anticipate the rest of heaven.