Hebrews 4:1, 2 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”
Hebrews 4:1 gives us a warning about falling short of the grace of God. The problem that causes us to fall short of the grace of God is always unbelief. We can come short of or fall short of the grace of God. Grace is the finished work of God and grace is the provision of God. God’s Word has many truths that are stated as past tense facts of what He already provided in sending Jesus to the cross. All of the provision of that grace is of no benefit to us apart from our faith. The grace in the Gospel needs responded to in faith. The provision is there but it will be no personal benefit to us apart from our response of faith. Our faith does not create the provision; it receives the provision already made. It takes faith to access the grace provisions of God.
New Testament faith is always a response to God’s grace. Once you see the grace and respond to it by faith you come to a relaxed attitude of trust and rest in the finished provision of God. It is at this place where a promise of His grace is left to us to respond to in faith that we must guard our hearts from unbelief. Unbelief demands something more than God’s promise. Unbelief always shuns the grace of God and cannot be persuaded to respond to the knowledge of grace.
Unbelief hears, but does not respond to God’s promises.
Unbelief admires, but will not act on God’s Word.
Unbelief listens but will not obey God’s voice.
Unbelief may even try hard, but will not trust God alone.
We need to mix our faith with every promise of God and receive them manifested in our lives.