CrossReads Weekly Devotional: You Know the Rest

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by Precarious Yates

“So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” – Hebrews 4:9-10

I had planned a perfect vacation for the beginning of the summer. Visiting historical sights, going to the beach, seeing family and friends. Everything was all set and bags were packed. We planned to leave the day after my daughter’s birthday, the first Monday of summer vacation. 

Then came the car accident, on my daughter’s birthday, the day before we were set to leave. 

It was my fault, too. 

The car was broken, my daughter was (unharmed but) traumatized, and my husband was furious at me. I was furious at me. I would have to work so hard to fix this. And even then it probably wouldn’t be fixed. 

Completely undone, I did something I had never done before. I sat there on the side of the road, head in my hands, and I cried audibly out to heaven, “Daddy! Help me!”

My car was totaled, my daughter’s birthday was ruined, our vacation plans were utterly destroyed. I was ashamed to look at my family. But I was confident of one thing: the throne of GRACE was still open to me. 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

So I did. Over and over. 

There were so many things that fell into place supernaturally after that moment, after my plea. It was as if God was waiting patiently for me to just ask for help instead of trying in all my efforts to make it right. 

There is only one thing God tells us to strive for: to enter His rest! “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” – Hebrews 4:11 What sort of disobedience? Believing God doesn’t want to help us is a grave disobedience: one I have fallen into way too often in my life. 

He longs to give us help in our time of need. He loves to work all things together for good for those who love Him. That impossible situation you have? Maybe a mess of your own making? He wants to help with that too! Come with confidence that He longs to help you, and you will find JOY in the rest. 

You know the rest! And if you don’t, dive in! The work we’re called to do is to believe, to rest, to rely on Him. And we find that once we enter in, His yoke is easy and his burden is light (see Matthew 11:30).

Here we are at the end of summer, at a day of rest, and my family got to spend a restful day together enjoying each other’s company. We never got to go on vacation, but we did get to grow closer as a family. It wasn’t how I planned my summer to go, but it ended up wonderful because God worked it together for good! And He gets all the praise and glory for it!

Go rest!

God bless you!

Precarious Yates

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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