1/2 Genesis 2:3

3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Every day of creation began with the evening and included the daylight hours of the next day, the morning. Only the Sabbath (seventh day) had no mention of an evening and a morning. Hebrew scholars conclude that God is still in the seventh day, resting from all His work. That is why the author of Hebrews tells us that we can enter the Sabbath rest of God (Hebrews 4).

How gracious of God to give us a practical example of the need to rest one day in seven. How much greater the grace that invites us to enter the rest of God (Hebrews 4:9-11)! We do not need to strive for our salvation; God has provided it for us in Jesus. It is by faith that we believe in the gracious nature of God and receive that salvation. Then we strive spiritually to enter the rest of God. We let His life in us prompt and perform the good works He has prepared in advance for us to do (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 2:10). You can never be too bad to come to Jesus for salvation. It is only those who think they are good who fail to enter as they strive in their own power to please God.

Consider: Are you striving to please God or have you entered His rest?