I am teaching four online courses right now. I am eagerly looking forward to our Christmas and New Year break, which starts on Wednesday. Although I will have a lot of assignments to grade in order to have a true break, I know I will have at least two weeks where I will have nothing to do. I just want rest. Even though I sleep I don’t feel rested, and even though I will have nothing to do for a little while, I do not think it will help me feel like I had rest.
Today I came across some passages about “rest.” It centered on chapter 4 in the book of Hebrews. The idea I got from it is that while we are on earth, there is no real rest. Our rest will come in the end when we are in the presence of God. While we are on this earth, we are to get as many people as we can to one day experience that rest– “For only we who believe can enter His rest” (Heb 4:3a).
Although I am looking forward to having rest, it will not be true rest– “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come” (Hebrews 13:14). There will be troubles and calamities in this life, but the book of Romans tells us, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (Rom 5:3-4). I will experience rest one day, but until then, I will draw strength from God and ask Him to help me “rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment” (Jude 1:23) so they can have rest too.