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Hebrews 4:11: “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”

A good night’s sleep. As you get older, it becomes a lot easier to appreciate a good night’s sleep. Seems like when we were younger, you could fall asleep easily…almost on anything. I remember when I was in college, I fell asleep briefly at a table in a restaurant with my head leaning on my cupped hand, waking to see my friends smiling and chuckling at how tired I was at the time.

Sometimes it’s hard to get to sleep due to physical problems: you can be so physically tired that you ache and find it hard to fall asleep. You might be sick and have difficulty going to sleep because of a stuffed-up head or sore throat. Sometimes it’s other ailments that can interfere, like a bad back.

Sometimes, though, we take our worries and concerns to bed with us. These can really interfere with sleeping, with getting rest. We sleep fitfully.

Paul here was commenting on how God wants us to “enter that rest”: ultimately, our heavenly rest, as believers in Christ. While here on earth, we rest in the grace of Christ Jesus. It’s in Him that we find the solace, the peace, and the rest our bodies need. We need to live our waking lives obedient in His service and to keep from sinful behavior that keeps us from that rest He has provided. When the work is done, He wants us to rest in Him…and to enjoy that rest as well.

Something to think about.

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