As a new year begins and we look forward to its unfolding, I am thoughtful of the looking forward to the rest we will have in Christ. And as exciting as the unknowns of this new year brings, I do not take rest in any of it. For it will be another year of struggling against the flesh and all the woes that are included with it, namely sin. But I will be encouraged because the struggle reminds me and points me to a rest, the rest we will have in Christ when once He has gathered us to Himself, all those who are in Him. Oh, how the entering into that rest will be the beginning of a new year, a new life, an eternal life, the Life.
“There is no rest in the creatures. The children of God have been given all things richly to enjoy, and yet they should not take up their rest in any of them. ‘Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun’ (Eccles. 11:7). ‘Every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving’ (1 Tim. 4:3). Friends are lovely and pleasant in their lives. Yet woe to that believer who takes up his rest in them!”
-Robert Murray M’Cheyne, from a sermon he preached on Hebrews 4:8-11 entitled, The Rest That Remains