We live in a time when people glorify being busy and not taking breaks so much that, it makes everyone want to practice that too. Somehow we feel like when we take breaks to rest, we are being lazy and we can’t reach our goals and everyone else will be successful but us.
But the Bible makes us understand in Eccles iastes that the race is not for the swift. Life is not about how fast you are. Getting work done, hitting your goals, and being successful is all not about how quickly you get things done. It’s about getting things done right.
And the way to get things done right is to take your time and take breaks to relax and recharge. You’ll be amazed at the things you can do when you give your body the rest it needs. Always remember that the way you treat your body will soon catch up with you.
Even if you are eating right, exercising daily, and drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water daily but you are not giving your body time to rest, you are still going to break down eventually one day because the human body can only do so much.
Rest is so important that God even included it in the commandments, that we should rest. So it’s okay to rest, it’s okay to take breaks, and it’s okay to take time out for yourself.
Rest isn’t just about giving your body a break. It is also time for your mind to relax and recharge. So even if you are physically not doing anything but your mind is occupied and you are worrying and stressing, you are not resting as you should.
For a Christian, worrying and stressing about anything at all shouldn’t be your portion. God says that we should give him all our worries and He will give us peace. Why then do you use your rest time to worry? Go to the Lord in prayer with whatever is worrying you and let him give you rest.
Below we’ll take a look at some bible verses about rest.
Bible verses about rest
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh day shall be a holy day for you, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation,
In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
1 Kings 5:4
But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence.
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And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest; in plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.
Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed.
“There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
And you would be secure, because there is hope;
Yes, you would dig around you, and take your rest in safety.
But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.
My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.
And He said, My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. But you would not,
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
For they do not sleep unless they have done evil;
And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall
Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.
I will not give sleep to my eyes. Or slumber to my eyelids
1 Corinthians 2:5
That your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.
This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword. Found grace in the wilderness. Israel, when I went to give him rest.
Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet. They break forth into singing.
To whom He said, “This is the rest with which, You may cause the weary to rest, And, “This is the refreshing. Yet they would not hear.
Arise and depart, For this is not your rest; Because it is defiled, it shall destroy, Yes, with utter destruction.
So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.