Hebrews 4 reveals that rest is a precious commodity, stemming first from a promise (v. 1). God’s promises can give us rest and soothe our minds when we are troubled. After we receive the promise, however, we must combine it with faith (v. 2). Faith is the “fuel” in our “engine” that brings the promise to life. A promise without faith has no power, in the same way that an engine without fuel has no active energy.
We know that our faith is activating a promise when the result is rest. “For only we who believe can enter his place of rest” (v. 3). The moment our faith mixes with a promise, a perfect rest enters our hearts. All anxiety, frustration, fear, and worry depart, and God’s rest is ours.
God is not anxious about problems! When we believe His Word, we enter into His rest. Therefore, when we are troubled we must bring a promise to God’s throne, mix it with faith, and sit quietly in the rest of God until He performs it.
“Let us do our best to enter that place of rest” (Hebrews 4:11)!