Hebrews 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
The famous man of faith George Muller said, “Where faith begins, anxiety ends; where anxiety begins, faith ends.” I’ve understood that to mean that the stress and anxieties of life can be destroyed by faith in God, or faith in the finished work of God. Real faith in the grace of God is a rest and produces a relaxed attitude of trust within us. There is a “rest in salvation” we enter into the moment we are saved (Matthew 11:28-30). There is an “eternal rest” in Heaven from our Earthly toil we will enter into in the future (Revelation 14:13). Presently, there is a “rest of faith” in God’s grace every time we believe His promises (Hebrews 4:1, 9-11). There is no rest outside of faith in the grace and finished work of God. When we understand grace, it is the end of stress, anxiety, trying hard, and struggling.
Can I tell you what I have learned about anxiety and worry (Matthew 6)? Worry is always future. It may be a future good thing and you want to be sure it really happens. It may be a future bad thing and you want to make sure it does not happen. We worry about what we do want and what we don’t want. When we worry, we are acting like the work to take care of it is not finished. We are acting like a work still needs to be done. What we need is a greater revelation of the finished work of God on the cross, which was a total work of grace. Yes, we need something done in our natural condition or circumstances to change, but the provision to change it has already been provided by God.
We can come to a relaxed attitude of trust (rest) because of the finished work of Jesus that has defeated our enemy and made all the provisions we would ever need available to us by a response of faith. We can receive rest for our stress by:
- Believing God’s promises Hebrews 4:1-11.
- Praying and letting our requests be known to God Philippians 4:6, 7.
- Refusing to take anxious thoughts Matthew 6:25, 31, 34 (If the Bible says, “Take no thought…” there must be a choice we can make to not take them).
- Pray in other tongues Isaiah 28:11, 12.
- Do right things (priorities) not just do things right Luke 10:38-42 (Wrong priorities create anxiety).
- Stay yoked to Jesus’ will (submitted/yielded/obedient) Matthew 11:28-30.