Rest that Remaineth

In the fourth chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews we read, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." If these words are construed as referring to a condition of peace to be experienced in the hereafter, the possibility of realizing a present fulfillment of the promise is somewhat obscured. Dictionary meanings of the word "remain" include "abide," "endure," "continue unchanged or undiminished." Surely, then, rest for all God's children abides and endures, to be experienced not only in a future state of existence, but here and now.

Deep in every heart lies the intuitive desire for rest and peace. The concepts of what constitutes rest vary, however, according to individual human experience. Some long to be free from physical toil involved in earning a living, from the struggle of what is called "making ends meet." Others desire surcease from disease and suffering, from worry, anxiety, sorrow, and fear.

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