“For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world. We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.” But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.” Hebrews 4:3-5
It takes faith to enter into God’s rest. Faith placed in the finished work of Christ and not in our works. God’s rest is more than setting aside one day a week to cease from labor, it is placing our entire trust and confidence in Christ to save us. God’s special relationship with Israel was not fulfilled because of their disobedience, so it stands to reason that this rest through relationship is still available for all who believe. If unbelief keeps you out, then faith brings you in. Jesus tells us that He will give us rest if we just come to Him. “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
When God created the world, the Bible says that He rested on the seventh day. This was not because he was tired and couldn’t create anything else; it was because it was finished. There was nothing left to create. He didn’t have to produce more fruit trees to feed Adam and Eve. He created everything with seeds and the ability to reproduce. Everything was planned out and created to sustain mankind. God rested on the seventh day because everything was finished and complete. We can rest now because of what Jesus said from the cross. He said, “it is finished”, we don’t have to do anything because Jesus completed everything on the cross.