Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “As in my anger I swore, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” And again in this place it says, “They shall not enter my rest.” Since therefore it remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a certain day—“today”—saying through David much later, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not speak later about another day. So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; 10for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Hebrews 4:1-10

During my youth, my family would attend Sunday morning worship services. Afterwards, mom and dad would take us four boys for lunch and a round of golf at the golf club. In those years I would understand this was my dad’s way of “resting” on the seventh day after working five and sometimes six days a week as a businessman. After all, God rested on the seventh day after his work was complete as described in Genesis.

During my journey in faith, I gained an understanding of the scriptural meaning of “rest.” The reference to rest is used not only in the reading from Hebrews assigned for today, but also in Deuteronomy. Moses and later the psalmist David were referring not to taking a day of relaxation from one’s work, but to labor to obtain God’s rest, the promised inheritance of God’s children. The rest that is available to us residing in the Kingdom of the Lord must be carefully sought by us through our faithfulness and adherence to the Word of God. We as Christians must complete our work given to us by God in order to obtain the rich rewards and rest that await us in His kingdom.

Psalm 50, Psalm 59, Psalm 60, Psalm 19, Psalm 46; Deuteronomy 9:23—10:5; Hebrews 4:1-10; John 3:16-21