For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:8-13
Our time to rest will come after this life. Until that time we need to be about God’s work. But, one cannot enter that rest if they live a life in disobedience to God. If we put man made conditions on God’s plan of salvation then we cannot live an obedient life. We need to live our lives dedicated to Him. That means not just in public but also in private. We cannot hide from God.
Yes, we can run from Him and we can refuse Him but we cannot hide from Him. Whenever I think about hiding from God I am reminded of a bit of dialog from the movie Chisum staring John Wayne which I will try to paraphrase. In a conversation between Pepper, the ranch foreman played by Ben Johnson, and John Chisum, played by Wayne, Pepper says “there is no law west of Dodge and no God west of the Pecos.” To which Chisum answers, “Wherever people go the law follows and they find out that God was there first.” You can go to the deepest part of the ocean where sunlight never penetrates and God is there. In your closet with the door closed and the light off, God is there. When astronauts landed on the moon, God was there. And if we ever manage to travel to another star we will find that God was already there.
God sees all we do, the good and the bad. Yes, He wants us to do only good and not sin but He also knows that as long as we are in our sinful bodies we will be tempted and give into that temptation. That is why He had to come down and live among us, living a sin free life and then taking our punishment by dying on a cross. Not one of us could have accomplished that.
What I think the writer of Hebrews is getting at is the person who has all the trappings of belief but has not really taking Christ into their lives. They are good at religion but not commitment. God sees into our hearts and He knows who are His and who are not. We are easily fooled. If someone shows up at church on Sundays then they must be a believer. But that is not always the case. They may be there for appearances. Maybe they feel forced to attend either by family or peer pressure. They may have even been baptized but it was all show. Or as the saying goes all sizzle and no steak.
God wants so much more from us than attendance. He wants to have a personal relationship with each of us. That type of relationship requires a commitment from both parties. God has paved the way. He stands at the door and knocks. He waits patiently for us to open the door and invite Him in. He has all eternity to wait but we have only a finite time to invite Him into our lives. If you have not done so already, why are you waiting? Do it today.
Have a blessed day,