Unbelief Brings Unrest

Krista Williams

Day: 3 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Hebrews 3

Hebrews 3:19 (NIV) “So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.”

During the first century, many Jews put their faith in Jesus Christ. It was a big change, and it came with some big challenges. When they stepped out in faith, they faced criticism and hardship from family, friends and the Roman government. 

Their circumstances became increasingly difficult. The persecution and pressures they had to endure left many doubting their newfound faith in Christ. 

Just like their forefathers who left Egypt in Moses’ day, these Hebrew Christians wanted to go back to their old way of life. 

The writer of Hebrews repeatedly tells them to hold firmly to their faith in Christ. And he clearly instructs them not to turn back by saying, “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12.

He reminds them their forefathers suffered 40 years of severe discipline because they hardened their hearts and refused to listen to God. And as a result, an entire generation died wandering in the wilderness and never entered the rest God had for them because of their unbelief. (Hebrews 3:19)

No matter who you are and no matter how long you have been a Christian, unbelief brings unrest. Unbelief is simply an unwillingness to trust God. It can rob you of what God has planned for you. 

The key to finding rest isn’t running away or quitting when life is hard. It isn’t throwing in the towel when your circumstances don’t go as you planned. Instead, we enter God’s rest when we fix our thoughts on Jesus and not our circumstances. We find rest when we believe God and trust Him, no matter the circumstances.

The path to rest comes through trusting God. 

If we want to know God’s rest, His peace, in every circumstance, we need to keep our hearts sensitive to His voice. It all starts with listening, hearing, heeding, believing and obeying His Word.

That’s one reason the writer of Hebrews keeps saying, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:7-8; Hebrews 3:15).

Prayer: Lord, You are supremely trustworthy, and You are fully faithful. You are my resting place. This morning I turn my attention toward You. I know I am safe and secure in Your care. I want to listen and follow You today—no matter what comes my way. Strengthen my walk and keep my heart sensitive to Your leading. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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