Yesterday for our family worship, we read a couple of chapters in the book of Hebrews. The chapter which stood out for us was chapter 3 which spoke of two very important things: the faithfulness of Jesus and the unbelief and rebellion of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness.
Verse 1 states that Christ was faithful to the Father who appointed Him as Moses, God’s servant was faithful to Him. We are called to be faithful as the Son was faithful. The Holy Spirit urges us not to be like those who rebelled against God, testing Him even though for forty years they witnessed His work–He delivered them from their enemies, the Egyptians and provided for them. They went astray and in His wrath, God swore that they would not enter His rest.
Today, we are urged not to let unbelief lead us away from the living God. We are called to encourage one another daily while there is still time (verses 12, 13). Our promised land is Heaven and unless we exercise faith and do not stray from God, we will never enter that rest.
Throughout His ministry Jesus called for steadfast faith among His followers. Hebrews 3:14 tells us that we become partakers with Him when we hold onto our faith to the end.
The Israelites who did not enter God’s rest–who did not enter into the promised land were those who disobeyed Him. They did not enter His rest because of unbelief. They missed out on God’s blessing and their inheritance of a land flowing with milk and honey because of their unbelief. This reminded me of the people in Nazareth who missed out on many blessings because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58 says that Jesus was not able to do many works there.
While there is still time, let us seek to enter into God’s rest by remaining faithful and obedient. We would do well to follow Jesus’ advice, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Faith moves mountains and does the impossible. It enables us to enter God’s rest. It is our ticket to entering the Promised land–the city whose Builder and Maker is God (Hebrews 11:10).