As a mom of two littles and a full time dentist, I am constantly trying to find ways to enhance my relaxation time. One of the best ways to be intentional about cultivating a lifestyle I find rest in God is to meditate on his word. Meditating on verses about rest opens your mind to the truth of what God’s heart for rest is. It’s a powerful way to speak truth into your life.
When I focus on the truths found in the word of God, I can feel the tension leaving my mind and body. As I continue to dwell on God’s word and meditate on these bible verses about rest, the stress and worry I felt melts away and I am surrounded by peace that can only come from God.
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What is the meaning of rest in the bible?
You can find the word rest in the bible 257 times in 265 verses. In the old testament its mostly seen as the Hebrew word nuach which means to rest or be quiet. This is often synonymous with the word shabat which means to cease or to rest.
The new testament presentation of rest in the bible, is seen in the Greek form anapausis. This word means cessation or refreshment.
Rest, quiet, ceasing, and refreshment. This is the whole picture of rest in the bible. Its also so very far removed from our day to day lives. God desires for us to live a life doing work that allows for quiet, calmness, stability and tranquility. He calls us to rest so that we can be restored and strengthened. He wants to guide us and remind us of his plans for us. The world desires that we are always busy and live in a constant state of overwhelm.
What does it Mean to rest in the lord?
Our bodies were designed to rest. There is a natural rhythm of working and resting that triggers our physical bodies into resting and rejuvenation. Being physically tired is an indication that we need rest and sleep is the antidote that most people don’t deny themselves.
The problem is, but there are many ways that we can become weary, and sleep isnt the answer to those forms of weariness.
When our minds, hearts, and souls are worn out, and a nap doesn’t cut it, our only saving grace is to rest in the Lord.
Learning to rest in god requires us to put aside our fears and put on faith in him. When we rest in God we give our worries and anxieties about what we see to him and put on his peace and understanding. Resting in the Lord requires us to turn away from what we see, and instead sit at the feet of Jesus and soak up his presence.
Bible Verses about rest to help you find rest in God
Rest is mentioned in the bible 257 times, with that many instances it’s obvious that God does not intend us to live the lives of busy striving that have become the norm in our society. Living a life of striving encourages weariness and self-sufficiency.
Learning to rest in God encourages the life that we were created to live. A life where we lean on God for our peace and guidance. When we rest in the Lord and follow his example of work and rest we not only find his peace, but we are able to better hear his voice as we allow room for quiet in the margins of life that rest allows.
The following scriptures about rest encourage us to learn how to rest in god and receive his restoration.
Old Testament verses about rest
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.Genesis 2:1-3
When the Lord created the universe he did it in a way that he modeled how we should behave. He did not need the seventh day to rest, but he knew in his sovereignty that we would need moments to slow down and rest in him. When we follow his example we find that we are more productive in our work and we can better participate in walking in the purposes he created us for.
It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.Psalm 127:2
The bible tells us that God created good works for us all before we were born. These works make up our purpose and the unique ways that we can bring glory to God’s name. However, we have to remember that our ultimate purpose.
The reason God created us was for himself.
He gives us purpose, but our purpose is work that we do alongside God. In this way he is like a parent creating a day of fun activities to do with their children. When we follow his example of rest we open space to make our every action an opportunity to rest in the Lord more.
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.Psalm 62:1-2
Soul weariness is a real thing. The uncertainty that seems to be all around us can be draining and cause us to feel stressed out and anxious. The only place our souls can find true rest is in the Lord. He is our source of peace during the storm. He is our strength when we are worn out.
New Testament Bible verses about resting in God
Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!”Mark 2:27-28
Jesus often reminded us what God had commanded us to do throughout his ministry. Here he reminds us that Sabbath rest was given to us because there was a need that we had for rest. Rest is a tool that allows us to get closer to God, not a requirement that binds us to laws. Resting in the Lord should be considered similarly.
When we rest in the Lord it should be considered a privilege we get. Moments where we find rest in God are moments that we get to connect with the creator of the universe and be filled with his holy presence and peace.
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.Hebrews 4:9-10
Rest is a gift from the Lord. When he created us, he could have created us for constant movement and doing. That lifestyle is what society says we should be vying for. This is not God’s intention.
He created us to work hard, but also to return to him and receive the gift of rest that he created for us. It is only in his rest that we can truly be wholly restored from our labor.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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.”Matthew 11:28-30
In the end, the answer to the question “How do I rest in the Lord?” is Jesus. The burden of surrendering everything to Jesus is ultimate rest from our weariness. He is the reason we are able to go before the father, his sacrifice solidified our victory over weariness, stress, anxiety and endless striving.
Additional scriptures about resting in the Lord to meditate on daily
When we prayerfully meditate on God’s word our mind is transformed. The truth that we live by is replaced with the truth of the word of God and our lives become more stable. Knowing God’s word intimately allows us to be more sensitive to the holy spirit! This sensitivity allows us to see God’s goodness more readily in our life which in turn increases our faith. Increased faith from meditating on scriptures about rest and trusting in God creates an atmosphere where we don’t have to stress or worry. This is relaxation!
What does God say about sabbath rest?
And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
~ Mark 6:31
In this scripture, Jesus beckoned his disciples to step away from the work they were doing and to rest (anapauo-greek) (and eat HALLELUJAH). Jesus knew that we wouldn’t stop to take care of our selves, particularly when we were doing something that we saw great importance in! He knew he would have to gently nudge us towards rest!
God wants us to rest. He also knew that we would need an example. We as women like to take care of things! It is in us to get things done and take care of people, but our father didn’t want us to live in this state of striving. So he gave us example after example after example of how to rest in the bible.
What is the importance of sabbath rest according to the bible?
God commanded us to rest in the bible. He created an entire day simply to show us that we could not live striving 24/7. Society wants us to believe that we can not be successful without the striving, God has a different plan. He created us with an internal need for a rhythm of working and resting.
The bible tells us we gain strength in rest
In our strength, we can do nothing, but in the strength of our Lord, anything is possible. When we stop, wait, and rest in Him, He will provide us with the things we need to keep pressing forward!
Learning to rest in the Lord can be hard, but the benefits are life-changing! These tips for resting in the Lord from Belief-net can help make resting in the Lord easier!
We gain peace of mind in rest
Anxiety will steal the joy that the Lord gives. Our Father in heaven is standing near us with arms outstretched waiting for us to stop and to lay our anxieties before Him. His will for us is that we are filled with His peace and that we allow Him to guard our fragile hearts and minds.
We receive God’s mercy in rest
There are times when we use busy-ness to avoid what we do not want to do. This can be because of fear or human stubbornness. We may hide from quiet-time because in rest we are brought to the true picture of ourselves, and we may have to deal with areas of life we do not feel ready to confront. Be certain, however, that there is mercy attached to the times of solitude, where we allow the prompting of the holy spirit to reveal the areas that God wants to work on with us. When we rest and listen to Him, He is faithful to renew, forgive, and grant abundant mercy.
God restores us during rest
The Lord will always provide for you. Whether it is through His word or a song of worship, He always provides the exact thing you need to give you rest on this journey. He desires that we walk through this life alongside him. He longs for us to listen for his ques for rest and work. He wants to be able to full you up with more of him for the journey and to keep you restored.
How do we add a rhythm of rest to our lives?
Knowing that rest is important to God is one thing, knowing how to incorporate more rest to your life is quite another thing. As a busy mama, it’s even easier to keep rest in the bible and on the back burner of our life. Knowing how to add a rhythm of rest to your life will help you make it a priority.
Create a schedule that prioritizes rest by adding rest and relaxation into your schedule as a necessity instead of leaving it for the end of the day after checking everything else off. Scheduling rest can actually promote a better rhythm of rest and work and enhance your productivity.
Take a mental health day cause you deserve it! Sick leave if you have it isn’t only for physical ailments. A mental health day may look different for everyone but anyone can benefit from it! While this shouldn’t be an all the time thing, using them on occasion can be a refreshing break you need to add more rest into your schedule.
Create a rest mindset by resisting the guilty feelings you may feel about resting and stick to your determined rest needs. Rest makes it possible to meet life’s expectations, it restores and energizes, and God desires it for us.
Develop a prayer habit and use it when you feel you are getting overwhelmed. Connecting to God often when you feel tired is the best way to be restored. Resting in the Lord through a habit of prayer keeps you grounded and allows you to slow down, even if its for 5 minutes in between other obligations.
Organize your home to make rest easier and more effective. Not only are there health benefits to organizing, being able to slow down in a clutter free space helps with restoration.
Godly rest will restore your soul
When you are soul tired and rest feels like an indulgence, remember that you were created not to strive but to thrive in the Lord. Resting in him allows you to be the you he created you to be. It gives you space to receive his peace in exchange for your worries, stress, and anxiety.
Believing the lie of society to strive can lead to illness, injury or worse. Meditating on the verses about rest and scriptural promises for God’s rest allows you to rest in God and live the life he made you for.