Everything Depends on God
The concept of rest is central to living the Christian life. Two things happen when we rest. First, we understand where we’ve come from. And second, we understand where we’re going. When we rest, we look back and see how God has providentially led us along the way, how he has protected us and provided for us.
If, however, we’re immersed in the present, preoccupied with the pressing issues of everyday life, we’ll never see his providential care for us. If we don’t enter into the rest that’s both symbolized and experience in our Sunday worship, our lives will become cluttered, and that will keep us confused.
We often labor under the illusion that everything depends on us or on those around us. But it doesn’t. Everything depends on God. And this is the great lesson that rest has to teach us.
“Everything Depends on God” is taken from a sermon Eugene Peterson delivered to his congregation on Hebrews 4. More insights like this one are published in The Message Devotional Bible from NavPress.