People struggle so much to find rest and do not acknowledge that the Lord is our resting place, yet sadly those who are to be teaching the truth are scattering and not gathering the sheep. “My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place. All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, we offend not, because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, even the Lord, the hope of their fathers”.(Jeremiah 50:6,7).
God gives man a very strong message in the book of Acts as to how people are stiffnecked (rebellious) and uncircumcised in heart (Not having a heart for God) as they continue to build temples which do not contain him and is not a place of his rest! As Christ does not dwell in temples made with hands. (Acts 7:48-51),(Hebrews 9:24).
We are told not to harden our heart’s towards God as we have the example of the forty years the Israelites saw the hand of God in motion through miracles, yet tempted God as it grieved the heart of God they were unable to enter into God’s rest. (Hebrews 3:6-13). We are to rest from the labor and struggle of our own works, and find rest in him! “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief”.(Hebrews 4:9-11).