Cambria – Hebrews 4:6-11, “6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.” 8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.”
There is nothing like just enough rest. We’re designed for the need to rest. The effects of getting less than optimal sleep over a long period of time is culmulative. God is our rest, not simply sleep, but tranquility. Our fast-paced world may not honor Sabbath-rests, but we should simply for our own good. Of course, proper rest is contingent on obedience and God’s rest demands it.
Psalm 95:7-8, ” 7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the desert,”
Remember the Israelites during their wandering? It was a time of testing and quarelling. Many names they gave various places reflect that. Elsewhere in the New Testament, it was explained that the Israelites passing through the Red Sea was their baptism and the 40 years in the wilderness was their walk with God on the way to the Promised Land. The original generation that saw God’s hand upon Egypt didn’t make it. Their obedience was not according to God’s standards, but their own. Don’t harden your heart, or you too will miss out on the Promised Land.