You need rest. You need to rest.
In our fast-paced culture, it seems like people think “resting” is a sin or at least a distant cousin to procrastination and laziness. Charles Spurgeon once said
“Rest time is not a waste of time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.”
So, Rest is important. It’s so important that God put it in his top ten commandments. In fact, God brought up the topic of rest before he addressed murder, adultery, lying, and stealing. Rest is for recharging. Yes, we all need to restore; revive our bodies, our minds, and even renew our souls.
Rest is not about avoiding work but enjoying Life with God.
God created us to enjoy the fruit of our labor. God created us to be awake, but also to take time to sleep and let our bodies recharge. You were not created to be the energizer bunny. You are not supposed to keep going and going and going. God didn’t create us to be up 24 hours, seven days a week for 365 days a year, and there is a reason for it. Have you ever had a night where you could not get enough sleep? Or have you ever met someone who has sleeping problems like Narcolepsy or Insomnia? Let me tell you; it’s not fun for the person or the people who must be around the effects of not getting enough rest. It throws our whole day off, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Life can be exhausting and be draining. Finding time to rest just becomes a dream or even a familiar fable we can look forward too when we die. But Resting is one of the first things we learn about God himself. It is said in the very first story of the Bible that God made all of Creation in six days and rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3). God rested. That’s a significant detail. Don’t overlook it. If God rests, then we need to rest. The problem is, our world is restless, and this is why Jesus had to come.
Jesus came and announced “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28-29). I love those words "I will give you rest." Jesus summons people to come to him to find a true rest. You can rest your body, but still have a restless soul. He beckons everyone to come to the real place where we will find rest. Rest that will last and satisfy, no matter how hard life gets, or how overworked you feel.
It is His passion to help us find it. Jesus wants to give us rest because He knows we need it. One-time Jesus was ministering to a great crowd of people, who were coming and going, and even He took the time to take a Hiatus (Mark 6:31). Our world has drifted away from it and is void of it. “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves” (Psalm 127:2). Walking away from God has made our whole world focused on working to keep living in the spin. It’s nonstop and has caused spiritual insomnia for us all.
Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord; and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee. - Augustine
God not only rested, but He did it for us to see that we need Him to find rest. God reminds His people that “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14). You see, God is the only one who can give us Rest. There is a Proverb that says, “You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly” (Proverbs 3:24). Here is the Great News. God talks of another “Rest” that He will bring to cure this sleepwalking insomniac world of ours. This cure is laid out in the Book of Hebrews chapter 4 (Hebrews 4:1-13). I encourage you to read it on your own, but to cut to the chase, and summarize this wonderful plan, this “Rest” that God has promised is found in Jesus. And only in Jesus. If we trust in Him, God promises that we can be sure and say that “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe” (Psalm 4:8).