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.
Our current circumstances in America dealing with this virus has caused a rise of anxiety. The Believer does not have to live in that anxiety but he does have to fight the good fight of faith to live free from it. It is our faith in God’s grace that can rid us of every anxiety. One definition of grace is “the finished work of God in Christ.” The stress and anxieties of life can be destroyed by faith in God, or faith in the finished work of God. Where anxiety begins, faith ends; but where faith begins, anxiety ends. Real faith in the grace of God is a rest and produces a relaxed attitude of trust within us. 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.
When we worry or are anxious, we are acting like a work still needs to be done to take care of it. We are not acting like the work Jesus did on the Cross to take care of it. 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. God doesn’t need to send Jesus to do another work on the Cross. What we need is a greater revelation of the finished work of God on the Cross, which was a total work of grace.
There is a rest we enter into at the point of our salvation where we cease from our own works to be right with God and trust in Jesus’ work (Matthew 11:28-30). There is a spiritual rest also that remains for every believer to enter into by mixing their faith with the facts of their redemption in Christ, not only from sin but also from sickness, satan, and the curse. We labour to enter into that rest. The word “labour” in Hebrews 4:11 is the same word translated “study” in 2 Timothy 2:15.
We should labor in the Word of God until our heart comes to a relaxed attitude of trust (rest) in the finished work of Jesus. How long? Long enough for the anxiety to end and our faith to rise up in its place. Jesus has defeated our enemy and made all the provisions we would ever need available to us by a response of faith.