10 Great Bible Verses about Rest
Rest, a word we like to talk about a lot. Yet how many of us can genuinely say that we are restful? When was the last time you rested?
Now, we need to understand that biblical rest is different from what the world calls rest. Yes, going for vacations, watching movies and sleeping are great ways of getting rest, but the truth is you can do all that but still not be restful.
What is Biblical Rest?
There are two kinds of biblical rests. The first type of rest involves physical rest where you cease doing work just like God did. He rested on the seventh day, and we also need to rest because our bodies are the temple of God. Another form of rest is the one where we put our trust and confidence in God by focusing on the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is where we cast all our cares upon the Lord and choose to trust him instead of self.
Want to know to find biblical rest? Here are 10 bible verses that will help you:
Run to Jesus
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
There are times when we try to do everything so that we can be restful, but all those things don’t work. Instead of running around, go to Jesus. He is calling upon every weary and burdened person to go him. Surrender all your burdens to him, and he will take care of you and not just that, but he will give you rest.
Let your Soul Find Rest in God
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
The world encourages us to find rest in so many things but God. Maybe you have been running around trying to find rest the world’s way. You have tried anything and everything that experts have said, but it is just not working.
It feels like you are losing it.
Well, how about you turn to God. Like the Psalmist, let your soul find rest in God alone. Go to him with all your burdens and let him take care of your soul.
Make God your Dwelling Place
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
The issues of life can leave you anxious. But here is the thing worrying and staying awake will not take your problems away. God gives sleep to those he loves so when night comes, lie down, and sleep, knowing that God is taking care of you.
Know that God is your dwelling place. Do not allow anything to intimidate you.
Walk in the Good Path
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
The things of this world seem fun, easy, and cool. But the truth is the fun that comes with worldly stuff doesn’t bring rest. If anything, you will only become more anxious and fearful. If you want to be restful, you need to walk in the good path, that’s the path God has laid out for you. It is only in doing so that you will find rest.
Let Jesus be your Shepherd
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
Not knowing where your next provision will come from can leave you restless and frustrated. But child of God, the Lord is your shepherd. So stop depending on yourself and start looking at him. You will never lack as long as you allow Jesus to shepherd you.
Dwell in God’s Secret Place
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
What makes you secure? Is it your job, family, friends, business, position, or finances? See, the material things of this world will fade away one day. But the Lord lives forever. Today choose to dwell in his secret place and in doing so, you will find rest.
Allow God to Take Control
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
You will never know what resting in God means until the day you choose to taste and see. It is only through experience that you will know how good God is. Let your soul find rest in him. Allow him to take control of your thoughts and heart by reading the word and spending time in his presence.
If you do that you will start to experience true rest. This will not only impact you inwardly, but it will also impact you outwardly. People will see the great things God is doing through you and in you, and they will glorify God.
Find Rest by Taking the Yoke of Jesus
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
What kind of burden are you carrying around? What about surrendering that yoke to God and allowing Jesus to give you his yoke?
Yes, it often feels right to be in charge, but sometimes it is better to let go and let God. Surrender that thing that is leaving you restless to God and take up the yoke that Jesus is giving you. He said his yoke is easy.
Rest from your Own Work
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
To truly enter the rest of God, you need to quit doing things your way. Rest from your own work and let God show you what to do with your life.
Maintain your confidence in God and not self. God will lift you up and take you to places you never imagined.
Strive to Enter his Rest
Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.
In the Old Testament, observing the Sabbath was very important while Jesus fulfilled the law, we can still choose to take a sabbatical rest so that we can find rest for our bodies.
Look, God did not make Sabbath day law for his own selfish reasons. God cared so much about his children, and he knew rest was necessary. Today he tells us to strive to enter rest, that is the rest Jesus died so that we can have. Surrender everything that is stressing you to God. Do everything from the point of rest because Jesus has already paid it all at the cross.
God expects us to rest, and it is not for his own good but for our own good. Jesus loves us so much, and we can only find rest by casting our burdens upon him and taking his yoke. Vacations and other forms of worldly rest are good, but they offer temporary rest. Real rest is found in Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.