In Psalm 95:11, God said of the rebellious people of Israel in the wilderness: “they shall not enter My rest.” God’s “rest” is the goal for mankind. This is what we long for! But we need to realize that ultimate rest is only found in heaven with the Lord. God’s “rest” is a picture of the eternal state with Him. We have heard the expression: “rest in peace”, or “he is at rest now”. We need to recapture the concept of heaven as a state of rest with the Lord. It doesn’t mean that we will be in eternal unconscious slumber, but rather engaged in ceaseless worship, which will give us true rest in the joy-filled, sustaining presence of the Lord.
This also instructs us as to where we will find rest — to the extent that we can find it — here and now.
What rest we have on earth will be rest in the Lord. This is where many of us make a crucial mistake. Seeking “rest” from labor and anxieties, many go on vacations of various sorts, but neglect time with the Lord during the time off. Ironically, they omit from their plans, the One source of true rest! This is why many people come back from “vacation” more worn out than they were when they left! They neglected their time with God, when HE was the only One who could have really give them rest, so they come back as weary — or more so — than before! “Come to ME all who are weary” Jesus said in Matthew 11:28. For it is only in HIM that you will find rest, both now and for eternity. If you seek your rest in Him, you will indeed find it, for He went on to say in that verse: “I will give you rest.”