What does that mean? Why would it be important for someone to live in God’s rest? What does God’s Word promise about it? One of the most important keys to living a successful, abundant life is living in God’s Rest. But how can we claim it for our lives, families, businesses, and country? First let’s define the opposite of God’s rest.
- Prolonged periods of demanding cognitive activity lead to exhaustion.
- Stress to the point of breakdowns,
- Mental fatigue,
- Chronic fatigue,
- Emotional stress,
- Lack of motivation,
- Melt downs, Emotions or mental.
- Nervous system shut downs.
- Immune system overload.
- The list could go on.
Do you know anyone in the condition above? Can we agree that the busy world we live in strives on jamming our mental circuits to overload. Did you know when T.V. first came out they were worried about eyestrain from too much use. You never hear about that now. Yet computers, mobile devices and tablets hold our attention far longer than the T.V. does.
So what is the promise of God’s Rest? And how, in this busy world of multi-media can we unplug?
Every capable athlete, olympic or otherwise knows the value of rest and relaxation. Runners know they must pace themselves. Football players even know to un-pile slowly so they can have a little rest before going back into the huddle. A successful long-term business man has to be able to live restfully. He has to learn to have confidence and ease when he is engaged in enormous responsibilities and activities are heaped upon him.
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” Genesis 2:2
Wow even God needs rest. What does that tell us? He says it again in Hebrews.
“And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.” Hebrews 4:4b
Then He extended it out to us.
“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” vs. 9-11a
This is the secret to peaceful living, yet how many of us know the reality and the depth of this “rest?” This is one of the ways God blesses His people. In Jeremiah, God promised that all of Jerusalem could have rest, if they met the conditions of the promise.
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye (inhabitants of Jerusalem) in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].” Jeremiah 6:16
Wow; wouldn’t that be an amazing place to hang out? What if a town the size of Billings, MT (approx. 90,000 people) decided to do this? Wouldn’t that city be a far different place? How about in businesses? At the courthouse? The mall? The schools? In the country?
There is another rest in the Word. Naomi said to her daughters-in-law Orpha and Ruth as recorded in Ruth 1:9; The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each [of you] in the house of her husband…” When Ruth married Boaz, that’s exactly what she did. So there can be rest in our married lives. Wow! What an awesome God we serve!
Here is another section that sings to my soul.
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalms 37:4-7
Don’t fret about those who prosper in their own ways, just rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. We cannot be world or circumstance conditioned, we must allow ourselves to be conditioned by the Word of God. Delight yourself in the Lord and He shall bring it to pass.
God rested on the seventh day. He sat down, He rested. Jesus Christ rested at the right hand of God after his work was fulfilled. He sat down, he rested. The believer has a right to rest too as a result of what Christ wrought on the day of Pentecost.
Here is another great usage of “sat.”
“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat (rested) upon each of them (the twelve apostles).” Acts 2:3
The fulfillment of all requirements toward the giving of the holy spirit to those who believe had been completely completed and therefore, it sat, rested, on each one of them.
The secret to living restfully is embodied within Christ’s finished work for the believer.
“Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
We have so much peace and rest through what God has done for us. There is no need to be anxious, fearful, or stressed.
“My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.” Proverbs 3:22-24
If God promises us a sweet sleep, then why do we struggle against it? Claim it. If it hasn’t occurred keep going to God with your need and His promise.
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6
We have no anxiety when we live in the knowledge of what Christ accomplished for us.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
This is your abundant life I’m talking about. You are in charge of it. If anything or anyone is messing with that, go to God and follow the directions towards claiming the peace and rest He promises. He wouldn’t promise rest and peace, if it wasn’t available and I mean fully to the fullest available in your life.
As we speak God’s Word it becomes living and real for us.
One last verse for you today.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Casting all…” All means all. Trusting God’s Word is so simple. Have fun learning about God’s rest and…
God bless you today!