Anyone who is a parent, held a job, or just participates in life knows that an essential part of our health is rest. If we get sick, our biggest part of getting well is rest. Rest is an essential to our everyday existence. There is also another type of rest that is an absolute part of our lives. That is of spiritual rest. Did you know that? We need that spiritual rest, as well. Let’s look at both kinds of rest.
In Genesis, an example of rest is given to us by God Himself. Did He need the rest? No, but He used His resting as an example for us. Grab your Bibles and turn to Genesis 2:2-3.
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. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
After a long work week, I know how my husband and I can be pretty tuckered out. We are weary from our work during the week and need a break. Although, we identify with this, this is not what this passage is conveying. God was not weary or just needed a break. He was creating a pattern for man’s work week. He knew that we, as humans, would need rest. Therefore, this was the model for it.
God had completed His work of creation. By taking a rest, this concluded creation. The passage also states that He blessed and sanctified the seventh day, alluding to the Sabbath, which the Jews would uphold later in Scripture.
God created a physical rest. But, He also created a spiritual rest. Let’s take a peek at what that means. Turn with me to Matthew 11:28-30.
Come to Me, all you 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Here in this passage, Jesus is speaking. He is telling those who are weary to come to Him and He will give them rest. What does this really mean? Well, rest is the opposite of working for something. What Jesus is saying is that spiritual rest comes through a relationship with Him. We do not have to keep striving to be perfect or try to get to heaven through our own works. No! Through a relationship with Him, we can have rest from that striving because He has done all the work for us! Can you feel the brick drop from your back? That is powerful!! Jesus did the work for us, now we can have a relationship with God through Him. No more work on our behalf. So, rest comes through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He invites us to “take His yoke and learn from” Him. We can stop the fruitless labor of trying to work our way to heaven. He is the way!
I hope this makes your heart glad today! Rest is available to all of us when we accept the invitation of Christ. I hope you have accepted it today!