“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest … There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” — Heb. 4:1-11.
Rest is something all need.
Have you ever been out working all day, tired and hot? Now think of how you felt when you went home, cleaned up and sat down in your favorite chair, propped your feet up and closed your eyes to enjoy a few moments of sweet rest.
What a wonderful description of the rest that awaits in heaven.
When one thinks of heaven, many different Bible verses come to mind. For instance, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-4). Perhaps one of the most comforting passages concerning heaven is, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Rev. 21:2 – 4).
As human beings are limited in understanding the realm of spiritual beings, God used accommodative language to help us have an idea of the splendor of heaven. We know of the beauty of gold, pearl and rare jewels; therefore, we can have an idea of this wonderful place. The Revelation letter is man’s portal to glimpse the home of the faithful for all eternity.
Truly what a “wonderful city” heaven will be. Knowing such a place is waiting should help persuade lost souls to seek for this place, causing them to desire to leave the things of the world behind.
All people should have heaven in their minds’ eyes as they go about their daily tasks, and strive to obey God so heaven can be their home.
What a great blessing it is to know that heaven will be ours for eternity.
Many times, it is said of heaven that is a going home. The use of the word “home” gives a sense of peace and comfort to the idea of heaven. A home is the place where no matter what befalls us during the day, we know it is our safe haven. For there the ones who care about us and who love us reside. This being coupled with the idea of a garden of rest, makes one long even more for heaven.