Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.…
Man from the first has been a restless creature. He lives by hope. His best pleasures are not in the things he actually possesses, but in the things he hopes for. He is always looking forward to to-morrow. Man's true life is the heavenly, and his earthly life is true only as it tends towards that.
I. THE REST THAT GOD HAS PROMISED TO MAN. It is the undisturbed peace, the holy joy of the Divine nature, which nothing but likeness to the Divine can bring.
II. THE POSSIBILITY OF COMING SNORT OF GOD'S REST.
1. A man may come short of the rest of the Sabbath.
2. Many of the Jews, to whom the rest of Canaan was promised, came short of it.
3. Man will never enter fully into the ideal life until he believes in God fully, trusts God with all his heart, ceases from his own self-will to be and do in harmony with the will Divine.
III. HOW TO GUARD AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY OF COMING SHORT OF THE DIVINE REST.
1. Guard against unbelief.
2. Guard against presumption.
3. Cling to the great hope itself, and rejoice in it evermore. Think about it often, and all other hopes will pale when placed beside this.
(E. D. Solomon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.