For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,'” even though this rest has been ready since He made the world. Hebrews 4:3 Now, this is a sad verse. They didn’t get in.
But thankfully, God is love and slow to anger and when He sent Jesus, it gave us another chance to rest, to labor for it and to enter it. He knew what we would face before we did and prepared a way, through the terrible ordeal of the Son. That sacrifice is always amazing to me.
And there are so many that fail to follow Him and receive that love, there are still mockers and scoffers and even highly intelligent people are deceived by the enemy and swayed to believe there is no God. Heaven and hell are real places and the mockers will find out one way or another.
So many are not finding rest, in their home life and with their children, in marriages, in the workplace and corporate world. Not in sports or celebrities in the music world or movies. The enemy has degraded society to the point of immorality that almost anything goes. And yet, God is loving, full of grace, holding His hand out in the last moments before His return.
He is asking us to rest, rest from the heavy burdens and trials and all the ills and aches that have beset us. He loves the loveable, and He loves the unloveable. I have been patient with people, many people and I find myself becoming less so. The more I sow His love, the more some resist. God’s patience will run out someday, and like the Israelites, they will not have entered His rest and may not be entering heaven. Rebecca Jones